Our 7 Greatest President Athletes

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Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford was a star football player at Michigan. Mercifully, he died in 2006 — a full season before Rich Rodriguez took over the Wolverines.

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John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy was a well-rounded athlete. His greatest athletic achievement was sleeping with more women than NBA superstar Wilt Chamberlain, including Chamberlain’s own mother.

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Dwight Eisenhower

Dwight Eisenhower was a star halfback for Army, played semi-pro baseball and was a good golfer. Unfortunately, this came decades before he could have made millions on an “Ike Wears Nike” ad campaign.

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George W. Bush

George W. Bush played baseball and was able to run 7-minute miles even as president in his late 50s. Also, as owner of the Texas Rangers, he signed off on the trade that sent a young Sammy Sosa out of town, further making the case that he was a typical dumb jock.

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Barack Obama

Barack Obama was a starting guard for his high school basketball team in Hawaii. Some also insist he led Team Kenya to gold at the 1980 Socialist Games.

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George Washington

George Washington was tall, strong and legend says his arm was so powerful he could throw a rock over a river. He was the 3rd overall pick in the NFL Draft, but was a massive bust, fell out of the league and turned to politics. (Note: Some of this might be slightly confused with Heath Shuler’s life story.)

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Abraham Lincoln

While not much of an athlete, Abraham Lincoln helped coach the Union to a resounding victory over the powerful SEC.

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