There are a myriad of crucial factors to be able to achieve success in sports. You need skill. You need dedication. You even need some luck. But above all else, whether starting for the league’s best team or warming the bench for a struggling squad, you have to have some brains. You need intelligence – not the type of intelligence found in the classroom – but the intangible kind.
It is no surprise that great players do become, well, great. Of course, they are talented with God-given abilities. Yeah, sure, they are hard workers who “never take days off.” But it is their ability to see what others can’t, lead like others don’t, and do what others won’t that separate the great ones, the smart ones, from everyone else.
Success isn’t easy, either. Even the athletes with the highest IQs fail, but they will certainly fail less than everyone else. That is why you will notice that everyone on this list has either won a championship or has seen some sort of playoff success but ended up falling short due to different variables.
While it was tough to include all that deserve to make it, these 10 athletes possess the intelligence on the field and court that put them in another echelon of greatness. They can all be relied upon to find the open man in the end zone, jam the game-tying dunk, and hit the winner past their opponent. Here Are The 10 Smartest Athletes Playing Right Now.
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