Celebrities who were athletes before hitting it bigThere’s no singular path to stardom in the entertainment field. For many, the paths goes through the football field, the basketball court, the baseball diamond, the diving board or even the skatepark. Among our list of celebrities who were athletes before hitting it big in another field, some had an injury derail their athletic dreams; others just couldn’t cut it in their sport; and others approached or reached the top and went in search of a new challenge. But, no, four-time NBA MVPs who weren’t terrible in “Trainwreck” don’t count. Sorry, LeBron.
Tommy Lee Jones
The Oscar winner was an offensive lineman on the undefeated 1968 Harvard Crimson. “Football was a wonderful experience for me. It was a means of, oh, I don’t know, sustaining for much of my youth,” he said, according to Esquire. “In times of trouble, I’ve always had football. I always knew I was a football player. And that was a comfort on many occasions.”