There seems to be a general perception that athletes — or, “jocks” — care more about what happens on the field that they do in the classroom. While the stereotype persists in Hollywood, college and professional athletes have been proving it wrong for decades.

There are a ton of intelligent pros, but these five athletes prove that you can have (serious) brains and brawn:

Ryan Fitzpatrick

The first pick here seems pretty obvious. New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is not only known for rocking a mean beard — yes, we’re jealous — but also for being one of the smartest players in the league.

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 05:  Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Houston Texans passes against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half at AT&T Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, TX – OCTOBER 05: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Houston Texans passes against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half at AT&T Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Fitzpatrick earned a degree in economics from Harvard. He also managed to score a 48 (out of 50) on the Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test — a score which corresponds to an IQ of 150.

That would put him in the 99th percentile of IQ testers (99.957%).

And genius seems to run in the family. Fitzpatrick’s son, Brady, stole the show at a press conference last season when he multiplied 93 by 97 in his head:

Myron Rolle

Rolle was a free safety at Florida State University, and was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round (207th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. While at FSU, Rolle earned AP 3rd Team All-American Honors, Football Writers Association America 2nd team All-ACC and CoSIDA Academic All-America.

Florida State freshman safety Myron Rolle chases Rice quarterback Joel Armstrong   September 23, 2006 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee.  The Seminoles defeated the Owls 55 - 7. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Florida State freshman safety Myron Rolle chases Rice quarterback Joel Armstrong September 23, 2006 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee. The Seminoles defeated the Owls 55 – 7. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images) 

However, another award earned by Rolle is even more impressive. In 2008, Rolle was awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. He spent the next year earning an MSc in medical anthropology at Oxford University.

Rolle retired from the NFL in 2013, at age 26, to attend medical school for neurosurgery.

Craig Breslow

Brewlow has earned the nickname of “the smartest man in baseball” with good reason. A graduate of Yale University, Breslow double-majored in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. He was later accepted to New York University’s medical school. He’s participated in genetic research in the offseason and spearheads his Strike 3 Foundation, which aims to support funding for childhood cancer research.

BOSTON, MA - JULY 27:  Craig Breslow #32 of the Boston Red Sox throws in relief in the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park on July 27, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – JULY 27: Craig Breslow #32 of the Boston Red Sox throws in relief in the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park on July 27, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Breslow was also nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award in 2010, and was a 2010 finalist for the Hutch Award.

Bill Bradley

Hall of Famer and former NBA player Bill Bradley excelled both on and off the court. Bradley, who was offered 75 scholarships out of high school, ultimately graduated magna cum laude from Princeton with a degree in American History. He went on to study at Oxford under a Rhodes Scholarship.

BOSTON - 1973:  Bill Bradley #24  (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)

BOSTON – 1973: Bill Bradley #24 (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)

The 6-foot-five Bradley played shooting guard and small forward for the New York Knicks from 1962 to 1965. Bradley entered the political arena following his pro basketball career and successfully ran for Senate, where he remained in office from 1979 to 1997.

Dikembe Mutombo

Mutombo originally attended the prestigious Georgetown University in 1987 intending to go to medical school. While there, he excelled as a center for the Hoyas and went on to be selected by the Denver Nuggets at fourth overall in the 1991 NBA Draft. He played for 18 seasons, from 1991-2009, and was a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, 8-time NBA All-Star and 3-time All-NBA.

SAN ANTONIO - FEBRUARY 10:  Dikembe Mutombo #55 of the Denver Nuggets dunks against the San Antonio Spurs during the NBA game on February 10, 1994 in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Andy Hayt/NBAE via Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO – FEBRUARY 10: Dikembe Mutombo #55 of the Denver Nuggets dunks against the San Antonio Spurs during the NBA game on February 10, 1994 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Andy Hayt/NBAE via Getty Images)

Mutombo graduated from Georgetown with dual degrees in linguistics and diplomacy. A polyglot, Mutombo is able to speak eight different languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Tshiluba, Swahili, Lingala and two other central African languages. He has piloted a number of humanitarian efforts, many of which focus on improving living conditions within the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2014, Mutombo was elected to the board of directors for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation.

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