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10 Sports stars with surprising degrees

Due to their superiority in a variety of competitive sports such as tennis, football, cricket and more, we all tend to forget that some of these sports stars have a brain as well! After doing some digging we have come back with a select group of sports stars that their degree will be bound to surprise you.


Andrew Strauss OBE (Cricket)


The England cricket legend graduated from Durham University with a 2:1 in BA Economics. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, he moved to the UK at the age of six and attended a host of private schools before enrolling at Durham University in 1995.


Shaquille O’Neal (Basketball)


The American man mountain, standing at a gobsmacking 7ft 1ins, graduated from Louisiana State University with a BA in General Studies. This was only at his second attempt after initially dropping out to pursue his basketball career. What a good decision that turned out to be!


Jamie Roberts (Rugby Union)


The British and Irish Lions centre initially graduated with a first class BSc honours degree in Sports and Exercise Science from the University of Wales Institute but of course, just one degree is never enough. He then studied Medicine for 8 years (part time whilst playing rugby!) of which he graduated from Cardiff University school of Medicine in 2013.


Juan Mata (Football)


As if playing for two of the biggest football club in English football wasn’t enough, the Spanish midfielder also has TWO degrees from Madrid’s Universidad Camilo Jose Cela in Sports Science and Marketing respectively.


Arsene Wenger (Football)


One of the most decorated managers in English football history did not take the usual route to being a manager as his colleagues. The French manager has a MSc in Economics from the University of Strasbourg as well as being able to speak 7 languages. Casual.


Dame Jessica Ennis DBE (Athlete)


Being an Olympic gold medal Heptathlete is a pretty special title as Ennis secured in 2012. This was sandwich in between 3 World Championship golds in 2009, 2011 and 2015. All of this success led to Sheffield born athlete being knighted in 2017. Before all of this she did earn a BSc honours in Psychology at the University of Sheffield.


Venus Williams (Tennis)


The American tennis superstar has been at the top of the women’s game, with her sister Serena, for decades. While holding a variety of records such as “the fastest serve recorded by a woman (129 mph)” she has also managed to earn a BSc in Business Administration degree in 2015.


Sir Chris Hoy (Cycling)


The cycling champion has won 6 Olympic gold medals making him Britain’s greatest ever Olympian. In addition to this he also boasts 11 World Championship gold medals. While off his bike, he managed to secure a BSc honours in Applied Sports Science from the University of Edinburgh.


So the next time that you think that a career in education and a career in sport can’t be pursued at the same time, think again as it can be done!


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