Pro athletes are not exactly known for their school smarts.
Talented, of course.
But brilliant writers? Perhaps not.
Some, however, can wield a pen (or a keyboard).
From the brilliance of Mark Titus to the thoughtfulness of Nate Jackson, we collected some of our favourite athlete-writers.
Enjoy. (And let us know who we missed in the comments.)
Jackson played for the San Francisco 49ers, the Denver Broncos, and the Cleveland Browns during his seven-year NFL career. Since then, he has written for The New York Times, Esquire, Slate, and other publications, offering astute observations and analysis that only a former player could deliver. His best stuff frequently appears on Deadspin.
From his New York Times bio:
Doug Glanville, an Op-Extra columnist, played Major League baseball for the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers from 1996 to 2004. His occasional series of columns covers the game, its controversies and what it has taught him about every day life.
The Minnesota Timberwolves power forward and frequent guest on Bill Simmons' podcast is chronicling his adventures for Grantland. So far, he's only written one post, and while it's not the best thing we've ever read, Love offered an interesting perspective on being an NBA player (on a lockout-imposed vacation).
Will Leitch explains: 'The team said he was sent to the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs because he needed to 'concentrate on all aspects of being a major leaguer.' Translation: He's freaking out the suits.'
The Ohio St. walk-on started Club Trillion to write about his life as a benchwarmer on the successful college basketball team. It became a phenomenon due to his honest opinions and amusing antics. (Our favourite: 'Love In An Elevator') Titus expanded Club Trillion into a book and is now writing for Grantland.
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