Hip to be square: The nerdiest athletes in sports

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Do the terms "jock" and "nerd" have to be mutually exclusive? While the two powerful identifications lie on complete opposite ends of the spectrum of social stereotypes, there are plenty of athletes who are as good at LARPing as they are at offensive tackles. Here are 9 athletes who might have to shove themselves in their own lockers. 

1-2Ameer Abdullah and Kenny Bell


1-2Ameer Abdullah and Kenny Bell


3Jimmy Walker

Professional golfer Jimmy Walker was practically unknown until three early 2014 PGA Tour wins thrust him into the national conversation. The former Baylor golfer has been a professional player since 2001, but he’s been enamored with astrophotography his entire life. That fascination with astronomy and photography was given a steroid-like jolt when his wife, Erin, bought him a fancy new telescope a few years ago.

4Ross Ohlendorf

Ross Ohlendorf is not a household name, but he might be a farmstead name. The now-minor league journeyman pitcher has appeared in 124 ballgames, with 80 starts, over seven big league seasons with four clubs and is better known for being a huge off-the-field overachiever. The agriculture-obsessed Princeton grad has spent off-seasons as a volunteer intern in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and completing various individual research projects.

5Wayne Bridge


5Wayne Bridge


6Tim Duncan

Everyone knows Tim Duncan is a nerd and the future Hall of Famer loves it. From his passion for Dungeons & Dragons, Renaissance fairs and video games to nerdy tattoos and a resume that includes co-authoring a psychology textbook chapter, the Spurs big man is the definition of successful athletic nerd.

7-8Brook & Robin Lopez


7-8Brook & Robin Lopez


9Georges st pierre

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Andrew Doughty is a writer for Next Impulse Sports

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