Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sporting Academics?

I received the following from Alf:

Dear Corry,

I am preparing a proposal for improving the academic component within a major sports academy. I should like to be able to point to men and women who have not only been to the pinnacle of achievement in their sports, but are also very strong academics – professors (Neils Bohr, Atomic physicist played football for Denmark), lawyers, doctors (example, Ken Dryden, goalie, Montreal Canadiens NHL team), scientists, etc., etc. There must be many.

I cannot find a compilation, likely because one doesn’t exist. Can you help?

Can any of you help add to Alf's list?


Kee said...

Eric Heiden, who won 5 long track speed skating gold medals in the 1980 Lake Placid Olypmics, is now an orthopedic surgeon and The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital in Murray, Utah.

Jeremy said...

You mean besides me? I have a PhD and played intramural flag football and racquetball. :)

How about Steve Young? From Wikipedia: "Steve Young received his law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University."

Robert J. Hudson said...

Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning has now served for a decade as a US Senator in Kentucky.

A. Bartlett Giamatti, prior to being names MLB commissioner was a Renaissance Literature professor at Yale.

NFL Defensive Lineman Joe Phillips (1986-99) earned a law degree in the offseason and practiced law at the end of his career.

There are a few. There are more--I'll get back to you.

andy said...

Bill Bradley--Hall of Famer, Rhodes Scholar, and former senator.

I don't know if he would be considered an "academic" but Kerouac was quite an accomplished football player in his day.

Doug Glandville--former center fielder for the Phillies now writes an op-ed column for the NY Times

TSLP said...

Alan Page (HOF lineman, lawyer, jurist)