Top Athletes Who Wore Glasses

Athletes Who Wore Glasses

In today’s society, it is probably safe to group glasses with libraries or books rather than a basketball court. However, over the decades of professionals in sports, many athletes donned spectacles to continue playing the sports they loved. Some went on to be Hall-of-Famers, but all of the athletes below suffered either from poor vision or eye injuries that forced them to sport glasses while competing.

Here are some of the most famous athletes who wore glasses:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

A 20-year veteran of the National Basketball Association, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is perhaps the most famous of them all when it comes to glasses in professional sports. During his amazing career, Kareem was a record six-time NBA MVP, 19-time NBA All-Star, 15-time All-NBA selection and an 11-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection. If these awards were enough to describe his career, Kareem was also a member of six NBA championship teams. He was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History and is regarded by many great coaches and players as the greatest of all time. The legendary “skyhook” basketball shot was created by Kareem and is still used today by those good enough to master it.

Eric Dickerson


Eric Dickerson is the current NFL record holder for the most rushing yards in a season (2,105) and most rushing yards in a rookie season (1,808). After playing his college career at SMU, Eric Dickerson was drafted 2nd overall in the 1983 NFL Draft. During his eleven year career, Eric played for multiple teams that include the Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Raiders and the Atlanta Falcons. Some memorable honors of Eric’s include 6x Pro Bowl selection, NFL Offensive Player of the Year, NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team member. He was most noted for this explosive speed, elusiveness and his noticeable glasses.

Bob Griese

A former Purdue All-American, Bob Griese was a quarterback in the NFL for 13 seasons. He was selected 4th overall in the 1967 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins. During his career with the Dolphins, Griese led the team to three consecutive Super Bowl appearances and won two of them. He is a member of the Indiana Football Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. During his career in the NFL, he was a 6-time Pro Bowl selection and MVP of the league. The Miami Dolphins have retired the number 12 jersey in honor of Bob Griese.

Bruce Bochte

America’s favorite past time had a spectacle wearing player and his name was Bruce Bochte. Playing college baseball at Santa Clara University, Bruce was drafted in the second round (34th overall) in the 1972 MLB Draft. He played over a span of 12 years for a number of teams that included the California Angels, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners and the Oakland A’s. The reason why Bruce was able to have such a long career was his ability to play multiple positions (first, outfield and designated hitter). During his career, his most notable stats were his 100 home runs and being an MLB All-Star selection in 1979.

Morgan Hurd

Morgan’s professional debut happen a bit sooner than the other members of this list, seeing as she was born in 2001. She is an American gymnast and a member of the USA Women’s National Gymnastics team. She is the 2017 World All-Around Champion and silver medalist in the balance beam. She will be wearing her glasses in the gym and the classrooms at the University of Florida where she is set to enroll in the fall of 2019.  

While these athletes reached the top of their sports despite overcoming the hassle of wearing glasses, we are fortunate enough to live in a time that medical advances allow us the freedom to compete in sports and other active events without the burden of glasses or contacts. If you’re tired of being hindered by the inconvenience of poor vision, it is time you came to see us at Diamond Vision today and learn about the procedures we offer. Let our award-winning surgeons help you regain your vision, so visit to schedule your free eye exam today! One of our centers is the Atlanta Eye Health Clinic.

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