Many celebrities are multi-talented. They had an abundance of options for a career but chose the one they are now famous for.
This list features 10 star athletes who for some reason or another left their respective profession and became famous on a completely different route.
In order to be featured on this list, the celebrity must have had at least a tryout or practiced with a professional team, been drafted or signed by a professional team or had offers to play for a professional team.
If the celebrity was a standout high school or college athlete like Forest Whitaker (attended California State Polytechnic University on a football scholarship as a defensive tackle), Jamie Foxx (first quarterback to pass for 1,000 yards in a season at his high school) and Jim Caviezel (played college basketball for Bellevue as a point guard), but never received interest from a pro club, then they are not eligible for this list.
If the celebrity actually played games with a pro club like Carl Weathers ("Apollo Creed" played eight games for the Oakland Raiders and 18 for the BC Lions, all as a linebacker), then he was at one time a professional athlete and also does not qualify for this list.
It is interesting to think about where these celebrities would be right now if their careers as athletes would have panned out. Here’s the list.