Are the athletes doomed to eternal stupidity ?

The human outlooks on life have always been committed to prototypes and clichés, of course, some of them like ‘Be the change that you want to see in the world’, are meaningful and out of question, but others like ‘The sportsmen are stupid, their brain capacity is limited and any efford for intellectual work is doomed to fail’ are totally arguable and not fear.

No doubts, it is easy to jump into the ideology for the athletes-idiots, but firstly we need to consider that most of the professional sportsmen studied in schools which are oriented to develop physical and sports skills, not on academia. Secondly, they grew up hanging around camps and races with teammates and competitors. Thirdly, Messi, Ronaldo, LeBron James, Federer are respected and loved not because of their IQ, but because their names stand out among the best players in the history and finally their dedication to the profession does not mean that the chance of progressing in typically intellectual fields such as medicine, law, politics, art and business should be eliminated in embryo. In this article are chosen few notable figures who were promising sportspersons, but developed successful careers in different areas.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Erdogan,sitting row, third from left. /

The policies of the Turkish president are dangerous, scandalous and sometimes not democratic, but his folks transform the national Constitution in order to keep him as a ruler of the state. Before occupying the presidency, he served as a prime minister and mayor of Istanbul.

In his youth, Erdoğan played semi-professional football at a local club called Kasımpaşa S.K. One of the giants of the Turkish football Fenerbahçe was flattered to transfer him, but Erdogan’s father prevented the deal. Nowadays, the stadium of the team where he played is named after him.



Laura Codruța Kövesi

Laura Kovesi/

Since 2013 Laura Kövesi is a chief prosecutor in the Romanian Anticorruption Directorate, before that she was the first woman in the history of Romania holding the position General prosecutor. She is directly accountable for the notable progress in the fight against the corruption in the state.  She played professional basketball as a teenager, her talent was noticed and Kövesi was selected for the junior national team which finished second in the 1989 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship.


Ronald Reagen

Ronald Reagan, Eureka College/ Source:

Ronald Reagen is one of the most powerful presidents of the United States of America, he is well known for his policies against the communism and successful economic reforms. But very few people are aware that Reagen was enrolled at Eureka College in Illinois on an athletic scholarship. There, he played football, ran track, captained the swim team. After graduating in 1932, continue his relationship with sports working as a radio sports announcer.

Dave Bing

Dave Bing playing for Detroit Pistons/

Dave Bing is a great example of an eminent athlete, businessman and politician. His path in the basketball was paved with a lot of honours and successes, among them are 12 fruitful seasons in NBA, the prize ‘Rookie of the Year’ in NBA. Moreover, the league chose him as one of its 50 greatest players in 1996, and the Pistons retired his number. After his retirement, Bing founded multi-million dollar steel company in Detroit named The Bing Group which made him one of the most successful African-American businessmen in the world. The final achievement of this prominent man came in 2009 when he was elected as mayor of Detroit in the most difficult for the city time.

Dwight Eisenhower


Dwight Eisenhower playing football in West Point /Source:AS Mexico

He served as the President of the United States from 1953 to1961, five star general from the US army and first supreme commander of NATO. Certainly, Eisenhower is one of the most important people in the modern history of the world and his decisions had a great impact on the world, but he probably would not be this prominent military and politician if were not the series of knee injuries that stopped his promising career as a football player at West Point.

Socrates de Oliveira

Socrates participating in World Cup Mexico 1986/Source:BBC

Socrates was a technical playmaker with an amazing vision on the field, he was always able to create opportunities for goals to his teammates using a fascinating creativity and passes.  Undoubtedly, his career from the football pitch is successful, but Socrates has a doctorate in medicine and an active political career.

Debi Thomas

She is a World golden medalist within the field of figure skating from Geneva 1986, multiple US champion and bronze medalist from the Olympic Games in Calgary. In 1991 she graduated Stamford University with a degree in engineering, in 1997 Thomas added a diploma from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine afterwards, she specialised orthopaedic surgeon focusing on hip and knee replacement in Charles R. Drew University. Definitely, Debi Thomas is a good instance to break the clichés for the dumb athletes.

Debi Thomsen/Source:Sport Illustrated
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