It’s not just about having the brawn to be a professional athlete, you need to be smart enough to understand what your coaches are telling you. Many athletes have to go out and put their game plan into action, and that requires brain power. We’re looking at who in the athletic community is the smartest and can be considered sporting geniuses.
When Marion Bartoli won the Wimbledon title in 2013, she took the smart decision to leave tennis at the top. She won millions of dollars throughout her tennis career, and she used her 175 IQ to tell her the time was right to say goodbye.
Her IQ is actually 15 points higher than Albert Einstein’s, so she proved it’s possible to have both brains and brawn. As she no longer has tennis as a distraction, we hope that Bartoli is putting her big brain to good use and carrying on where Einstein left off.
You might not think it’s too clever to begin a career where you constantly get punched in the head, but you try telling that to former heavyweight boxer, Wladimir Klitschko. There is a reason why Klitschko earned the nickname of ‘The Doctor’ when he fights in the ring. Klitschko speaks four different languages, has a Ph.D., and is an advocate for democracy in his native Ukraine.
He even helped his fellow people in their Euromaidan protests in Ukraine, alongside his brother Vitali. Klitschko might have lost a few brain cells through his love of fighting, but he knows what matters in life.
NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo might now be better known for appearing in Geico commercials, but he also has a really big brain. He opened up a hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the first modern facility opened in the country for 40 years. Mutombo wasn’t just playing doctor though, he initially attended Georgetown in the hopes of becoming a doctor. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown, can speak nine different languages, and has been honored with diplomas from a host of other institutions.
NFL quarterbacks need to have some smarts about them as they need to remember all of their coach’s plays. Luckily for the Redskins their QB, Alex Smith, has a lot going on inside his head. Smith studied economics at the University of Utah and actually completed it within just two years, he even managed to maintain a GPA of 3.74. Before he could no longer resist the urge to play football in the NFL, Amith had begun doing his coursework to work toward a masters. When he got to the big league, he soon became known as one of the most intelligent signal callers out on the field. His ability to make the right decision has brought plenty of praise from all coaches who worked with him.
These sports stars were not just physically good, but they were also often one step ahead of their opponents. Looking at these athletes, combining brain and brawn is seemingly an unstoppable combination.