Athletes 11 Athletes Who Are Jehovah's Witnesses  

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There are over 8.2 million practicing evangelical Jehovah's Witnesses worldwide. Many famous athletes are Jehovah's Witnesses. Several famous boxers, NBA players, and baseball stars follow the teachings of the Jehovah's Witness faith. Some of these athletes were raised in the faith, while others converted later in life. Two of the best female tennis players of all time are Jehovah's Witnesses.

Who is the most famous athlete who is a Jehovah's Witness? Serena Williams tops our list. She and her sister Venus were raised as Jehovah's Witnesses and still practice today. Serena says, “I've been studying to be a Jehovah's Witness, so I go to Kingdom Hall. I grew up a Witness and it's what I know, and we teach things that come from the Bible." Danny Granger was raised in a Jehovah's Witness household. It is unclear if he still practices the faith today.

On Dave Pear's blog he states, "I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and an advocate for justice!" Chet Lemon is a Jehovah's Witness. He almost died from a blood disorder in 1991, when he decided against surgery because his religion prohibits him from receiving a blood transfusion. Kid Gavilán became a Jehovah's Witness in the late-1960s.

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Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 11 Athletes Who Are Jehovah's Witnesses
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Serena Williams was raised a Jehovah's Witness and still practices today.

Age: 37

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America

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Venus Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 11 Athletes Who Are Jehovah's Witnesses
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Venus Williams was raised a Jehovah's Witness and still practices the religion.

Age: 38

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Lynwood, California, United States of America

Also Ranked

#40 on The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

#10 on The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era

#25 on The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018

#7 on The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

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Danny Granger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 11 Athletes Who Are Jehovah's Witnesses
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Danny Granger was raised in a Jehovah's Witness household. It is unclear if he still practices the faith today.

Age: 35

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Teams: Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Indiana Pacers

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#96 on The Best NBA Players of the Decade

#61 on The Best Small Forwards of All Time

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Lou Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 11 Athletes Who Are Jehovah's Witnesses
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Baseball player was an active Jehovah's Witness and put the religion above his MLB career.

Age: 61

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Teams: Detroit Tigers, Detroit Tigers

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