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15 Celebrities Who Failed At College Sports

A commonly held stigma throughout recent history – particularly during one’s more judgmental high school years – has been that actors cannot be jocks. Although some thespians fit the mold that has generated such a misconstrued thought process, many have shown it to be an outright lie.

These 15 celebrities, almost all of whom are actors, played well enough to take the collegiate athletic field or court. Some displayed talent but joined abysmal teams, a few cut their careers short after injury, and the others simply failed due to skill. For whatever reason, the following individuals left the sports world – their decision is ultimately why we know them today.

For every Terry Crews, who played in the NFL between 1991-1996 before pursuing an acting career, or Rick Fox, a man with three NBA championship rings and 49 IMDB acting credits, there is a Dr. Phil or Joel McHale.

To find out what struggles the selected individuals faced during their college years, continue reading below. Feel free to comment with other stories of surprise celebrity athletes. Without further ado, here are 15 Celebrities Who Failed at College Sports.

15 Burt Reynolds

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14 Matthew Fox

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13 James Caan

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12 John Wayne

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11 Paul Wight Jr.

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10 Channing Tatum

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9 Craig Kilborn

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8 Phil Robertson

7 Josh Duhamel

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6 Forest Whitaker

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5 Bill Cosby

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4 Nick Nolte

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3 Dr. Phil

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2 Joel McHale

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1 Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

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Before Dwayne Johnson was The Rock, he was known as “Dewey” to his University of Miami teammates. At this point, it is important to clarify that failure is relative. His goal was to start for the U. Starters at Miami usually possess the dream of making it to the NFL. Am I saying failure is relative because my bones can’t afford to make The Rock mad? Yes. Am I also saying it because it’s true? Yes. Dwayne Johnson served as a backup on the 1991 National Championship team. He was buried on the depth chart (behind Hall of Famer Warren Sapp) due to the Miami’s astonishing talent. Over the course of his four-year career, Johnson started only once and appeared in 39 games with 77 tackles and 4.25 sacks. He joined the CFL after graduation but the Calgary Stampedes cut him two months into the season. The world is better off because of it. Johnson rose to superstardom in the WWE and turned his success into a lucrative movie career. As of this writing, he has eight new films currently announced, filming or in post-production. He remains active in the wrestling community. Dwayne Johnson is a busy star, but it’s not because of his college football career.

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