Before The World Knew Their Names, These Celebrities Were High School Athletes

Forest Whitaker Played Football

Forest Whitaker Played Football
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Before becoming an Academy Award-Winning actor, Forest Whitaker attended Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles, California. There, he played football and sang in the school choir. But it was the former that earned him an athletic scholarship to college. His football scholarship landed him at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona.

Unfortunately, he ended up injuring his back, needing to leave the sport in order to rehabilitate. This led the actor to transfer to the University of Southern California, where he studied opera music at the Thorton School of Music. Later, he was accepted into their Drama Conservatory.