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This list contains information about athletes who are Catholic, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous NBA players, football stars, and Olympians are Catholic. Some of these athletes were raised in the Catholic faith, while others converted later in life. One famous baseball player was banished from the church after he divorced his wife to marry a Hollywood actress.

Who is the most famous athlete who is Catholic? Kobe Bryant tops our list. Kobe Bryant was raised Roman Catholic. His family moved around a lot due to his father's basketball career. Tom Brady was raised Catholic in San Mateo, California. He says, "Look at the attention I get: It’s because I throw a football. But that’s what society values. That’s not what God values. He didn’t invent the game. We did. I have some eye-hand coordination, and I can throw the ball. I don’t think that matters to God."

Joe DiMaggio was a devout Catholic, but he was banned from the church after his divorce from Dorothy Arnold. Bishop Fulton Sheen also scolded him for marrying Marilyn Monroe. Dominique Dawes converted to Catholicism before marrying Jeff Thompson on May 25, 2013. Thompson is a Catholic school teacher.

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 28 Famous Athletes Who Are Catholic
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Kobe Bryant was raised Roman Catholic. His family moved around a lot due to his father's basketball career.

Age: 39

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Lakers

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Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 28 Famous Athletes Who Are Catholic
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Tom Brady was raised Catholic in San Mateo, California. He says, "Look at the attention I get: It’s because I throw a football. But that’s what society values. That’s not what God values. He didn’t invent the game. We did. I have some eye-hand coordination, and I can throw the ball. I don’t think that matters to God."

Age: 40

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: San Mateo, California, United States of America

Teams: New England Patriots, Michigan Wolverines football

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Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 28 Famous Athletes Who Are Catholic
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Brett Favre is Catholic. He says, "As you grow older, a lot of the things you thought were important are not near as important as they once were. I think it was during the latter part of my career that my faith started to become more of a fixture."

Age: 48

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Gulfport, Mississippi, United States of America

Teams: Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings

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#6 on The Best Quarterbacks of All Time

#9 on People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 28 Famous Athletes Who Are Catholic
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Babe Ruth was a Catholic and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Age: Died at 53 (1895-1948)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Pigtown, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Teams: New York Yankees, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, + more

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#1 on The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

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#45 on The Best Atlanta Braves of All Time

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