Carrie Underwood, Denzel Washington and the Top 10 Celebs Who Were Athletes: BR5
Before celebrities were famous, they led normal lives like we do. They went to high school and played sports just like the rest of us. We compiled our top 10 celebs who we didn't know were athletes.
Starting out on the top-10 list is Jason Statham. This guy went from diving for the Olympic team for about 10 years, to being in action-packed films such as The Expendables. Hopefully, he can keep kicking his way through more movie roles.
The next person on the list played seven sports in high school, followed by four years as a Florida Gator on the softball team. In at No. 9 is ESPN reporter Jenn Brown. This lady knows her sports, and to top it off, she made the Dean's List during her time at the University of Florida.
Coming in at No. 8 is Terry Crews, star of The Expendables 2. Believe it or not, he played in the NFL for seven years before hitting it big time. This mean machine played in the NFL and then retired to become an actor in movies such as White Chicks and other comedies. It looks like his football is collecting dust and no longer will be used.
No. 7 on the countdown is Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington. Before accepting awards for his acting, he played basketball at Fordham University in the Bronx, NY. Those moves carried over into his role as Jesus Shuttlesworth's dad in the hit movie He Got Game.
Next on the list is former basketball player from Sweden, and current Victoria Secret model who struts down the catwalk for millions to see. I'm talking about Elsa Hosk. She can make anything look glamorous.
Former American Idol contestant and country superstar Carrie Underwood makes the half-way mark on this countdown. Before she belted out heartfelt musical notes, she played softball for eight years and occasionally she still goes back for a swing or two.
In at No. 4 is Matthew Fox, the doctor who starred in the hit television show Lost. But, before he found acting, he played football at Colombia. Unfortunately, his team was the worst in college football history. At least his acting skills are better.
Next on this countdown is funny man Jon Stewart. Back in the '80s, he attended the College of William and Mary where he played soccer. Luckily, this guy found a job where he actually has success in making people laugh in the Daily Show.
Speaking of funny men, in at No. 2 is The Soup host Joel McHale. Before landing a role on Community and having his own show on the E! Network, he played tight end for the Washington Huskies. But his football dreams only lasted two years...the rest is just history.
No. 1 on the top-10 countdown is wrestler and actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Before everyone knew him as the "The Rock," he played high school football, then received a full scholarship to the University of Miami and won the 1991 National Championship. He didn't quite go pro, but at least we know what his backup plan would have been if he didn't make it big with wrestling or acting.
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