Who Knew These Athletes Were Brilliant?

It takes a lot of skill to become a professional athlete, no matter what the sport is. But for some, they’re not just smart when it comes to the game — they’re actually incredibly intelligent in many other ways, too. Some have gone to prestigious universities, while others have made serious academic accomplishments off the field. That stereotype of the “dumb jock” has no place anywhere near where these people are concerned. If you thought their sports stats were impressive, just wait until you read what else they’ve managed to do.

John Urschel Is Seriously A Genius

He used to play for the Baltimore Ravens, but that’s almost the least impressive thing on John Urschel’s resume. At just 26 years old, he left football so that he could pursue his doctorate degree at MIT in some serious complex mathematics. In fact, he has the fastest eigensolver for minimal Laplacian eigenvectors — and that’s a sentence that probably only John Urschel could understand. It’s nearly impossible to get into MIT or to play in the NFL, and somehow, John has managed to accomplish both. He’s so young, and he’s already made so many amazing things happen for himself. We have a feeling we’re going to be hearing a lot more from him after he graduates.