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Greg McElroy Cracks Sporting News' List of 20 Smartest Athletes

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM McElroy leads Alabama on the field and in the classroom.
McElroy leads Alabama on the field and in the classroom.

Sept. 24, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Sporting News released its list of the 20 smartest athletes on Thursday and Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy cracked the list at No. 20. McElroy and Georgia Tech offensive lineman Sean Bedford (No. 17) are the only two college athletes on the list that includes members of the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL.

Oakland A’s pitcher Craig Breslow tops the list. He has a 2.93 ERA over the last five seasons, but an undergraduate degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University earned him his latest recognition. Breslow finished college with a 3.5 GPA, scored a 1420 on the SAT and a 34 on the MCAT. The average MCAT score for medical school applicants is 28. 

Tennessee Titans safety, Myron Rolle, a graduate of Florida State and a recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship, is second on the list, followed by Pittsburgh Pirate pitcher Ross Ohlendorf, who graduated from Princeton with a 3.8 GPA in operations research and financial engineering. Anaheim Ducks forward, George Parros, who holds an economics degree from Princeton, is fourth, and Harvard economics graduate and Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick rounds out the top five.

In addition to leading Alabama to a 14-0 record and a National Championship in his first year as a starter in 2009, McElroy also gets it done in the classroom. He has been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll four times (2007-10), the President’s List (4.0 GPA) twice, the Dean’s List (3.5-3.99 GPA) four times and is a UA Rhodes Scholar nominee. The 2009 SEC Championship Game MVP is currently pursuing a degree in sports management and received the 2010 Playboy Anson Mount Award as the nation’s top scholar-athlete which included a $5,000 gift to the University. 

“Greg McElroy is really an example of what college athletics are all about,” head coach Nick Saban said. “He takes pride in everything he does and takes advantage of each and every opportunity he has been presented with. He is the definition of a scholar-athlete and I don’t know of anyone in college football who has had more success in each of those areas than Greg has to this point.”