In the spirit of the upcoming U.S. presidential elections, Yahoo’s Post Game sports blog created a list of top 10 athletic presidents, with criteria ranging from physical strength, toughness and endurance, and other yardsticks.
Coming in at 10th place is current President Barack Obama. Aside basketball, Obama also plays golf and fits in cardio training sessions as part of his sports routine.
In ninth place, the United States 28th president, Woodrow Wilson was an avid baseball player throughout high school and college. He also cycled and played golf, too.
Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, comes in at eighth place. The running enthusiast installed a treadmill on board the Air Force One.
Ronald Reagan is number seven, according to Post Game. The 40th U.S. president and former actor, was a lifeguard during his teen years, and captain of his college swim team. He also played football and basketball during high school.
Assassinated president John F. Kennedy comes in sixth place. He was part of the Harvard swim team and football team. He also played golf, tennis, and basketball.
A founding father of the America, George Washington is number five. He was considered the best horse rider during his time. Aside his equestrian skills, Washington also played javelin and rock-throwing.
In fourth place is Teddy Roosevelt, who took a punch or ten throughout his life. He participated in boxing, martial arts and wrestling. If that wasn’t enough to knock the wind out of his sails, this presidential athlete also hunted, rowed, played tennis and football.
George Bush Sr. is number three on the list. He was captain of the Yale baseball team and was the starting basemen. He led the team to the first two College World Series games. Aside baseball, Bush Sr. was a combat Navy pilot, a tennis and golf player. He also enjoys fishing.
34th president Dwight Eisenhower is runner up on the list, having dabbled in boxing and played fullback and line back in the army football team. He also played golf and baseball.
And in first place – Gerald Ford. He played on various football teams and won two National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) titles while playing for Michigan College’s team. In the 1930s, Ford received contracts from Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers of Wisconsin.
Football contracts weren’t as high-paying as the current NFL back in the day, so Ford pursued law studies at Yale. His involvement in sports didn’t stop there as he coached the boxing team and participated with the football team.