The host of the Daily Show on Comedy Central for over 16 years, Jon Stewart is actually quite the athlete. It turns out that, as a high schooler, Jon was on his school’s soccer team, and even participated in several all star games. His athleticism did not stop when he started college, going on to play for the College of William and Mary’s soccer team. He did all of this while majoring in chemistry and psychology, mind you.
We all know Emma Watson for the role she played as Hermione in the Harry Potter series and for literally watching her grow up on movie screens across the country. But it turns out that this fit young woman stays fit by playing her favorite sport – women’s field hockey. In fact, she even played field hockey for the women’s team at Brown University. Smart, athletic, and great looking – she is definitely a catch.
Jason Sudeikis has been in many of our favorite comedies, from We’re the Millers to Horrible Bosses, as well as tons of shows such as 30 Rock, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Cleveland Show, and, of course, Saturday Night Live. Yet it turns out that Sudeikis is a really talented basketball player, and was even on his high school’s basketball team. Even to day he continues to play charity basketball events.
For much of the 1970s, Kurt Russell did not have to choose between being an actor and a professional athlete. This is because he was playing baseball in the minor leagues. He played baseball for several teams before an injury forced this former child actor back into acting. He has since appeared in a plethora of movies, from Forrest Gump to Vanilla Sky, and even the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.
Terry Crews is most well known now for his career on both the small and silver screens, but before he went on to become an actor, Crews was a professional football player. He played ball for Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, the Washington Redskins, and the Philadelphia Eagles. He then appeared in Old Spice commercials, and after Adam Sandler saw him act, he became a staple on comedy shows.
One of the action movie genre’s staple actors, few people will be surprised to find out that Jason Statham used to be a star athlete before he was getting rid of bad guys. However, people may be surprised to learn that he did not play football or basketball or rugby, but instead was on the British diving squad, competing on the team for over a decade. He even participated in the Commonwealth Games back in 1990.