Not all of the Fortune 500 CEO spent their college days grooming themselves to become the world’s new titans of industry.
Some spent their time breaking sweat on their campuses athletic fields.
They were offensive tackles, point guards, tennis aces, and squash masters.
The list features some of the most powerful people in business. But once upon a time, they were merely big men on campus.
Moynihan became CEO of BofA in December of 2009.
While an undergrad at Brown from 1978-1981, he joined the club rugby team, and remains a booster of the club today.
The long-time adviser of the club, Jay Fluck, told the Wall Street Journal that Moynihan was a 'crafty' and 'deceptively fast.' Skills that no doubt come in handy in Moynihan's current job.
Immelt became CEO of GE in September of 2001.
While at Dartmouth, the 6'4' Immelt was a two-year letterman in football and started in his senior year.
He also received the Earl Hamilton Varsity Award in 1977, which is given to a senior football player each year who exhibits 'friendliness, sense of humour, and an appreciation of the outdoors.'
Mulally became CEO of Ford in September of 2006.
He played on a semi-professional tennis circuit after getting his Master's degree from the University of Kansas in 1967.
And it looks like he kept on playing after entering the corporate world. Time magazine described him as an 'avid' tennis player in 2008.
Appleton became CEO of Micron in 1994.
He earned a tennis scholarship to Boise State, and after graduating in 1982 he spent six months playing pro tennis on the satellite circuit.
In addition to his tennis prowess, Appleton is an accomplished pilot and has performed in Idaho air shows.
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