When you see players like Mario Balotelli, Joey Barton and Serge Aurie doing stupid things on and off the pitch, you may think football players are all brawn and have no brains. But this is not the case; there are well-behaved players who proved the stereotype wrong with their passion for education. So let’s start with the 10 most educated players in Premier League history.
10. Iain Dowie – Degree in Aeronautical engineering
Not many people know him on the pitch but Former Southampton, Crystal Palace and West Ham United footballer has a degree in Aeronautical engineering from University of Hertfordshire. He once worked for British Aerospace and has a Masters degree in Engineering. It was reported in 2016 that Dowie had left football and taken a job as Regional Sales Manager of a company called “Go To Surveys”.
9. Steve Harper – Degree in Social Sciences
Steve Harper, who played 157 Premier League games for Newcatle over a 20-year period between 1993 and 2013, is an FA qualified referee (not many players who can say that). T he former Hull City also holds a social sciences degree from Liverpool John Moores University.
8. Clarke Carlisle – Degree in Math
The former Watford and Burnley defender was awarded the title of “Britain’s Brainiest Footballer” in a TV game show. He is well regarded as one of the most educated men to have played professional football, He attended Balshaw’s Church of England High School where he attained 10 A-grades at GCSE and studied mathematics and politics at A-level.
7. Nedum Onuoha – ICT
The Former Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha has ten GCSE’s, including eight A’s and two B’s and at A Level he got Three A’s, in Maths, Business Studies and ICT. He has qualification to attend almost any university in England.
6. David Wetherall – Degree in Chemistry
The former Leeds and Bradford centre-half graduated with a first-class honours degree in chemistry at the University of Sheffield in 1992, becoming the first Premier League player to achieve such level, In terms of intellectual stimulation, dressing room “banter” may have been a step down from his lectures.