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The Most Famous Athletes Who Are Eagle Scouts 

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Updated April 10, 2019 67.7k views 18 items

Always be prepared! These sports superstars really took the Boy Scouts of America motto to heart, eventually becoming prepared enough to achieve the organization’s highest honor: Eagle Scout. This list contains information about athletes who are Eagle Scouts, loosely ranked by fame and popularity.

Several famous Olympians, MLB players and football stars have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. The requirements for receiving this title include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit, leadership, and service. For all of their hard work, the scouts are recognized in an Eagle Scout ceremony where they are presented with an emblem, asked to take the Eagle Scout oath, and given gifts and scholarships.

These athletic Eagle Scouts eventually went on to even bigger and better things, but maybe it was their foundation in service, honor, and preparedness that helped them achieve fame. Who is the most famous Eagle Scout athlete? Chan Gailey is one of the most recognized. The NFL coach became an Eagle Scout in 1968. Gailey has coached several teams including the Buffalo Bills, Georgia Tech, and Samford. And he’s not the only NFL coach to claim an Eagle Scout ring: Jim E. Mora became an Eagle Scout in 1950. He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

MLB player Albert Belle became an Eagle Scout in 1981. NFL player Manti Te'o became an Eagle Scout in 2008. “The Eagle Scout is not about the 20-plus merit badges I have on my sash. It is not about the medal that I have pinned on my uniform. It is not about having the title of Eagle Scout on my résumé,” he said. “Being an Eagle Scout is simply about serving others.”

Manti Te'o is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Famous Athletes Who Are Eagle Scouts
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NFL player Manti Te'o became an Eagle Scout in 2008.

Age: 28

Birthplace: Laie, Hawaii

Teams: San Diego Chargers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish football

Jim E. Mora is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Famous Athletes Who Are Eagle Scouts
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NFL coach Jim E. Mora became an Eagle Scout in 1950. He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

Age: 84

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Glendale, California

Teams: Occidental Tigers Football

Ken Whisenhunt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Famous Athletes Who Are Eagle Scouts
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NFL coach Ken Whisenhunt became an Eagle Scout in 1976.

Age: 57

Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia

Albert Belle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Famous Athletes Who Are Eagle Scouts
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MLB player Albert Belle became an Eagle Scout in 1981.

Age: 53

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

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