I started thinking about this the other day, while I was interviewing T.J. Cloutier graduated from UCal-Berkley, while Isabelle Mercier has two law degrees. Are these people, then, average?
Far from it. The average North American doesn't have the intelligence, the dedication or the patience to complete a post-secondary degree, much less a master's degree or doctorate. While it's true that many professional poker stars haven't set foot in a classroom since twelfth grade, the abundance of players with degrees and doctorates is enough to suggest that the same qualities necessary for high levels of scholastic achievement (along with a strong helping of intestinal fortitude) are prerequisites for success in the poker world as well.
So, although you'll never see Greg Raymer catch a touchdown pass from Payton Manning, and you'll probably never witness Isabelle Mercier win an Olympic medal, don't be fooled - there's nothing "average" about these poker professionals.