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5 of the Most Educated Current Pro Athletes

In the world of sports there is a general misconception that because you’re an athlete, you’re probably not all that bright. While it’s true that many pro athletes focus primarily on making the big le

In the world of sports there is a general misconception that because you’re an athlete, you’re probably not all that bright. While it’s true that many pro athletes focus primarily on making the big leagues while in school and consider the classroom to be a matter of necessity to get to the draft, the players on this list defy being typecast. Cornell? Princeton? Yale? Sounds like the Alma matter of CEOs of fortune 500 companies, not a bunch of athletes, but these men have eschewed the “dumb jock” stereotype and have done some incredible things in the classroom to add to what they’ve done in the world of sports.

5 Pau Gasol: NBA - Los Angeles Lakers

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Los Angeles Lakers star Pau Gasol originally didn’t want to have a career as a professional athlete. In fact, as a youngster the Spaniard was so captivated with the idea of helping sick people he decided on a career in medicine. Gasol attended the University of Barcelona medical school to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor but left early when his basketball career in Spain took off. Gasol was such a good student and keen learner that the dean of medicine has welcomed him to return and complete his degree at any time, something the Laker forward apparently plans on doing.

4 Ryan Fitzpatrick: NFL - Houston Texans

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3 George Parros: NHL - Montreal Canadiens

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2 Ross Ohlendorf: MLB - Washington Nationals

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1 Craig Breslow: MLB - Boston Red Sox

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Craig Breslow would be one of the smartest and most educated guys you might end up working for if he wasn’t a professional athlete. The fact that’s he’s a major league pitcher makes it all the more astonishing. He’s a relatively successful set-up man in the pitching rotation and has compiled very respectable numbers over his ten-year career with 20 wins to 19 losses, a 2.82 ERA, 329 strikeouts and six saves. He’s also won a World Series. But it’s in the classroom and community where Breslow really shines. Breslow graduated from Yale where he majored in molecular biophysics and biochemistry with a 3.5 GPA and was then promptly accepted into New York University’s medical school. His score on his MCAT test was 34; the average is between 26-28. Because his love for baseball took precedence over medical school, Breslow decided to start the Strike 3 Foundation, a charity that heightens awareness and raises funds for pediatric cancer. The foundation has since joined forces with the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to combat cancer in children. As of now, the foundation has donated $500,000 to the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital to help enhance their Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program. It has also made numerous contributions to other pediatric cancer centres as well. Breslow oversees the daily operations of the entire foundation, making him not only the smartest and most educated man in sports, but one of the most philanthropic as well.

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5 of the Most Educated Current Pro Athletes