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Georgia Tech Places Some Top Athletes in Professional Sports

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Tech has always been known to send out insanely smart engineers to help shape the great country that we live in today. But Georgia Tech is also more than capable of producing talented, respectful, widely known athletes that go on to do big things at the highest level in their sport.

Want some examples? Here’s a few you just may have heard of before.

How about Mark Teixeira, who has been with a few teams throughout his career, but he is most known for his current stay with the New York Yankees.

Teixeira is a 5-time gold glove award winner, and a 3-time silver slugger award winner. The switch-hitting Teixeira holds an interesting MLB record – most games with a HR from both sides of the plate, currently standing at 13 games. And Teixeira also was fortunate enough to win a World Series Championship with the New York Yankees in 2009 (just for good measure).

Not a baseball fan? Then how about Chris Bosh? The 2002 McDonalds All-American and also the 2-time NBA Champion–and member of the very talented and very well put together Miami Heat–attended Georgia Tech. Sometimes the fact that Bosh did in fact attend Georgia Tech gets overshadowed by where his career stands now, with being apart of a “Big 3″ that will eventually go down in history as one of, if not the best three players to ever come together to play on one team.

Bosh started out his career in Toronto, after being drafted 4th overall by the team in the 2003 NBA Draft. The NBA Draft class that year had the likes of Dwayne Wade, and also multi-time NBA MVP Lebron James. In fact, all three players were drafted in the top 5 that year, so that should tell you why the Miami Heat have dominated the NBA for the past couple of years.

The Yellow Jackets even have a big name out on the gridiron on Sundays. Calvin Johnson, also known as Megatron for his unique ability to transform his body into the correct shape to come down with the clutch catch went to Georgia Tech as well, he is a current member of the Detroit Lions after being drafted 2nd overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. He was paired up with Matthew Stafford who was drafted number one overall two years later. That led to Johnson breaking  the NFL single-season Record for receiving yards in a season, beating out the legend we call Jerry Rice.

You may find out that the owner of your favorite business, or your beloved boss that you are so thankful attended Georgia Tech. But if you turn on your radio or TV and flip to the four-letter network (or any other major sports network) you are bound to see a Georgia Tech alumni catching the game winning touchdown or even hitting the game winning shot.

They can do that…they went to Georgia Tech.

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