He wasn't bad at the real thing, either. Back when he was known as Lawrence Tero, Mr. T dropped 35 pounds to grapple at 165 pounds for Chicago's Dunbar High. He won two city championships and once pinned a guy in seven seconds.
3 Prairie View A&M football player
After a successful high school career as a halfback ("I would make those picture-book touchdowns ... the crowd would go wild," he wrote), Tero played a season at Prairie View A&M, where he was president of his class. Alas, his career ended when he was thrown out of school for allegedly taking part in a demonstration.
2 America's Toughest Bouncer
After serving as a bodyguard for, among others, heavyweight champ Leon Spinks, Mr. T won the televised competition—despite having to put up with NBC commentator Dick Butkus "asking me some dumb questions."
1 Winning world heavyweight title from Rocky Balboa
Some might say this shouldn't rank so high because T basically killed Balboa's trainer, Mickey, and then took advantage of the champ's grief. Or because he got pummeled in the rematch. Or because it was a movie. Those people are to be pitied, for they are fools.