6. He Got a Track and Field Scholarship

The future Grand Ole Opry inductee once dreamed of athletic success before college and then Nashville called him away. "I had a vision of every athletic heroism in the world," he told the LA Times in 1992, "from hitting a home run in the World Series to the winning touchdown pass, but as far as music, I never knew what to expect." It ended up being his skills with the javelin that paid his tuition at Oklahoma State University, as he got a scholarship to his homestate school. Garth Brooks graduated with a degree in advertising in 1984.