Tony Adams has been confirmed as a guest editor of Radio Four's prestigious Today programme over the Christmas period.
In these dumbed-down days, current affairs broadcasting does not get more serious than Today.
According to Digital Spy: "For his programme, Adams has secured an interview with controversial Newcastle footballer Joey Barton, while the long-running racing tips section will be handled by the Duke of Devonshire."
As Henry Winter notes wryly on Twitter: "Whatever next? Rooney on Thought for the Day? Tiger Woods on Woman's Hour?" By the sound of it, Tiger's women are lucky to get an hour...
Although Adams's book smarts did not help him in management, he is one of a relative few to allow their intelligence to seep into the public domain.
While there are doubtless dozens of thoughtful, eloquent and perceptive footballers, they prefer to hide it under a cloak of macho stupidity to stop them getting stick from the lads.
Here are half a dozen who buck the trend:
- Queen of the South midfielder Ryan McCann, for whom the absence of a TV proved a catapult into German philosophy. McCann said: "As daft as it sounds, I never even had a telly in my flat - and you don't know how much you miss it until you don't have one. When it's not there you end up reading a lot of Nietzsche and things like that."
- Frank Lampard dispelled the myth that public schoolboys are all spoilt, feckless wasters by passing 12 GCSEs, including an A* in Latin, when at Brentwood School. And earlier this year it was reported he has an IQ above 150 - enough to qualify for Mensa and higher than Carol Vorderman's IQ which, judging by her performance on Never Mind the Buzzcocks this week, may well be in single figures.
- Matthew Lawrence turned professional in 21, having completed a degree in American Literature at Hartwick College in the US. He went on to write a column in the Daily Mirror, featuring literary gems such as: "Bleach, bleach, bleach, where for art thou??"
- Clarke Carlisle won a TV show called Britain's Brainiest Footballer in 2002, although the fact he beat Alan Brazil in the final rather calls into question the legitimacy of the title.
- Nothing phoney about Neil MacKenzie, formerly of Notts County, who went on Countdown in 2008 and won five shows on thr trot, before eventually losing in the quarter-finals.
- Jean Tigana, who used to smatter his team talks with bons mots from the greats of French literature when at Fulham. One player, on seeing Tigana reading a book by Marcel Proust, reportedly exclaimed: "Proust? I thought he was a Formula One driver."