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30 Athletes You Didn’t Know Were Geniuses

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For some reason, people generally don’t think of professional athletes as being world class intellects. Maybe it’s the high school stereotype of the dumb jock. These 30 athletes show that athletic ability and intelligence are not mutually exclusive. Some of these will really surprise you.

1. Alex Smith
Sport: Football
Team(s): Kansas City Chiefs
How We Know He’s So Smart: He graduated the University of Utah with an almost perfect GPA. He earned his bachelors degree in economics in only two years.
Personal Biography: Alex was born in Washington state and grew up in California. His father was the Executive Director of Helix Charter High School where Alex attended. He was the president of his senior class in high school. Alex began work on a Master’s Degree in Economics before he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers.