10 Celebs You Didn’t Know Are Former Athletes


Nowadays, people can achieve celebrity status for all manner of things. But some have always been used to life in the limelight. They may not have always been in the same profession, but they’re used to doing things on the big stage, so being a celebrity figure comes naturally to them.

It’s interesting to find out about a celeb’s past. A lot of them are in good shape, and it makes you think whether they’ve always looks like that, whether living the health and fitness lifestyle has been engrained within them from a young age, or if they’ve made the extra effort to look good due to their celebrity status. For some, feeling good by being active and playing sports has always been a big factor in their lives. There are celebs out there who have actually partaken in sports to a pretty decent level. It might come as a surprise to a lot of you to know that these celebs were once athletes. These are 10 celebs you didn’t know are former athletes.

10. Jason Statham

Jason Statham is one of the biggest action heroes around. He’s got the physique, and it just seems like he’s got a sporting past. He certainly does, but it might not be the activity a lot of you were expecting. Jason Statham was a diver. He didn’t just dive as a hobby; he was a world-class diver. He’s even competed with the British national diving side. He was actually a member of his nation’s diving squad for 12 years.

9. Jason Lee

This actor and comedian used to be a professional skateboarder. He competed in competitions and actually formed his own company which made skateboards, before turning his attention to acting.

8. Vinnie Jones

Vinnie Jones may be famed for his hardman persona in his movies, and once upon a time he was a hardman on the soccer field too. The English actor once played for Chelsea, Leeds United, and Sheffield United, where he was using as the intimidator, the guy who used to strike fear into the hearts of his opponents.

7. George Clooney

George Clooney once made a go of things in baseball. He was a decent pitcher and got invited for try-outs, but didn’t make the cut.

6. Matthew Fox

Before rising up the ranks as an actor, Matthew Fox used to play American football. He played to a pretty high level at college, before he landed his star role.


5. Mark Harmon

The NCIS star is getting on a bit now and doesn’t really look like a former athlete. He certainly doesn’t look like a former American football player. But he is; he was actually a quarterback for the University of California, Los Angeles Bruins football team. He followed in his dad’s footsteps who was a pretty big deal on the football field.

4. Carl Weathers

Carl Weathers is another guy with very obvious physical attributes. Look at his body, what he does in his movies, and it’s a safe bet to say that he’s had a sporting background. Carl was into American football, and he played as a line-backer. But his heart just wasn’t into it. It was all about acting for Carl, that was his sole focus. Carl was actually a gifted player and could have made it to the pro ranks. But Hollywood came calling.

3. Elsa Hosk

Elsa Hosk is best known for being Victoria’s Secret Angel. She’s a Swedish model and has enjoyed a stellar career in the modelling industry working for some top companies. What a lot of people don’t know is that she played pro basketball first. After graduating high school, she chose to pursue a career in the Swedish Women’s Basketball League. She actually played for a couple of years, but around this time her face was beginning to get picked up and the modelling offers began rolling in. She decided to switch her attention to modelling full time. Her decision has certainly been vindicated.

2. Terry Crews

Terry Crews is another big action star who used to play American football. And he played to a pretty high level too. Terry was picked by the Rams in the 1991 NFL draft. That’s a pretty big achievement, because most don’t even make it to that stage. He played for a couple of other pro NFL teams too before his career took off in the acting profession.

1. Dwayne Johnson

We all know Dwayne Johnson as The Rock, but that’s not the sport we’re getting at. Even before that, Dwayne’s main goal was to make it in American football. He was set on making it as a pro, but in the end, he had to give up on his dream. He was drafted into the Canadian Football League, but got injured and was subsequently cut. He couldn’t make a comeback, and due to his family already being involved in wrestling, he chose to go down that route too.


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