Too often, athletes are only newsworthy for actions off of the field when those actions are antisocial, criminal, or even psychopathic. Whether they are arrested with a guitar case full of guns, conspiring to kill pregnant girlfriends, cheating on their wives with twenty porn stars and escorts or running dogfighing rings (in just a few of the more colorful incidents of recent years) it is mostly the negative which gets splashed across the headlines.
Therefore it is always refreshing to see athletes mentioned in a positive light. A few weeks back, The Sporting News did just that with a piece on some very smart athletes. Though the mag undoubtedly missed a few along the way (and we would be interested to see the results were a more international sample set selected from) the athletes on this list, which includes a few amateur economists and legal hopefuls, deserve some attention.