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College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon

Famous Mormons
Updated June 14, 2019 145.8k views 107 items

List of Mormons in sport, and notable or famous Mormon athletes. These Mormon sports stars come from a variety of different sports and disciplines, including football, car racing, martial arts, rugby, track and field, swimming and hockey. Though Mormonism is a religion most closely associated with the United States, a number of Mormons play for international teams, including a number of professional rugby players in Australia and New Zealand. Many Mormon athletes have been recognized for their physical prowess and athletic achievements, including Merlin Olsen, a Hall of Fame defensive tackle for the NFL's Los Angeles Rams, first Mr. Olympia Larry Scott and heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey. Perhaps most significantly, famed 49ers quarterback Steve Young is a Mormon and a direct descendant of LDS movement leader and former president Brigham Young.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (sometimes known simply as the LDS Church or the Mormon Church) is the largest denomination in the "Latter Day Saint Movement" inspired by the message of Joseph Smith. The church currently claims 14.1 million adherents around the world, with 50,000 missionaries currently serving worldwide. The church models its teachings and organizations on Joseph Smith's original Church of Christ, founded in 1830.

The Mormon culture that raised and inspired these athletes is also distinctive in many ways, both because of the geographical center of Mormonism in the Intermountain West and the family-oriented worldview of the church itself. For example, Mormonism's health and legal code, known as the "Word of Wisdom," prohibits the use of tobacco, alcohol, caffeine and other addictive substances.

Who are famous Mormon athletes? Take a look here and see for yourself.
Bryce Harper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Age: 27

Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada

Position: Right fielder

Baseball player, Washington Nationals Bryce Aron Max Harper (born October 16, 1992) is an American professional baseball right fielder for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played in MLB for the Washington ...more
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Age: 58

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

Position: Quarterback

Football player, Quarterback Jon Steven Young (born October 11, 1961) is a former professional American football quarterback who played 15 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) and is best known for his 13 seasons ...more
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Dec. at 88 (1895-1983)

Birthplace: Manassa, Colorado, United States of America

Boxer, heavyweight boxing champion William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983), nicknamed "Kid Blackie" and "The Manassa Mauler", was an American professional boxer who competed ...more
Billy Casper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Age: 88

Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America

Golfer William Earl Casper, Jr. was an American professional golfer who was one of the most prolific tournament winners on the PGA Tour from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s. Casper started as a caddie ...more
Danny Ainge is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Age: 60

Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon, United States of America

Position: Shooting guard, Second baseman

Basketball player, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings Daniel Ray Ainge (born March 17, 1959) is an American basketball executive and former professional basketball and baseball player. Ainge is currently the general manager and President of ...more
Jimmer Fredette is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Age: 30

Birthplace: Glens Falls, New York

Position: Point guard

Basketball player, BYU Cougars and Sacramento Kings James Taft Fredette (born February 25, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for Panathinaikos of the Greek Basket League and the EuroLeague. Fredette was the 2011 National Player ...more
Krisnan Inu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Age: 32

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Rugby player, Parramatta Eels Krisnan Nevada Inu (born 17 March 1987) is a professional rugby league footballer who plays as a centre or winger for the Salford Red Devils in the Betfred Super League. He has played for both ...more
Krešimir Ćosić is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Dec. at 47 (1948-1995)

Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia

Position: Center

Basketball player, Croatia Krešimir "Krešo" Ćosić (Croatian pronunciation: [krěʃimir t͡ɕɔ̌ːsit͡ɕ]; 26 November 1948 – 25 May 1995) was a Croatian professional basketball player and coach. He was a collegiate ...more
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Age: 42

Birthplace: Denver, Colorado

Position: Pitcher

Baseball player, Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies Harry Leroy "Roy" Halladay III (May 14, 1977 – November 7, 2017), was an American professional baseball player who pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies between ...more
Ben Hannant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Age: 35

Birthplace: Burleigh Heads, Queensland

Rugby player, Brisbane Broncos Benjamin Hannant (born 31 December 1984) is an Australian rugby league footballer who plays for the Burleigh Bears in the Intrust Super Cup. A Queensland State of Origin and Australian ...more
Gene Fullmer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Age: 88

Birthplace: West Jordan, Utah

Boxer, middleweight boxing champion Lawrence Gene Fullmer (July 21, 1931 – April 27, 2015) was an American professional boxer and World Middleweight champion.
Merlin Olsen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Dec. at 70 (1940-2010)

Birthplace: Logan, Utah, United States of America

Football player, Hall of Fame, defensive tackle, Los Angeles Rams. Merlin Jay Olsen (; September 15, 1940 – March 11, 2010) was an American football player, announcer, and actor. He played his entire 15-year professional football career in National Football ...more
Harmon Killebrew is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Dec. at 75 (1936-2011)

Birthplace: Payette, Idaho, United States of America

Position: Designated hitter, Left fielder, First baseman, Third baseman

Baseball player, Minnesota Twins Harmon Clayton Killebrew, Jr.(; June 29, 1936 – May 17, 2011), nicknamed "The Killer" and "Hammerin' Harmon", was an American professional baseball first baseman, third ...more
Torah Bright is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Age: 33

Birthplace: Cooma, Australia

Snowboarder, 2007 X Games gold medalist and 2010 Winter Olympics Gold medalist Torah Jane Bright (born 27 December 1986) is an Australian professional snowboarder. She is Australia's most successful Winter Olympian, former Olympic gold and silver medalist, two time X Games ...more
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Age: 65

Birthplace: Oakland, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Position: Pitcher

Baseball player, Oakland Athletics Dennis Lee Eckersley (born October 3, 1954), nicknamed "Eck", is an American former professional baseball pitcher. Between 1975 and 1998, he pitched in Major League Baseball (MLB) for ...more
Shawn Bradley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Age: 47

Birthplace: Landstuhl, Germany

Position: Center

Basketball player, New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks Shawn Paul Bradley (born March 22, 1972) is a German-American former basketball player who played center for the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets, and Dallas Mavericks of the National ...more
Austin Collie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Age: 34

Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada

Position: Wide receiver

Football player, Wide Receiver, Indianapolis Colts Austin Kirk Collie (born November 11, 1985) is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL) in the fourth round (127th ...more
John Beck is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Age: 38

Birthplace: Hayward, California, United States of America

Position: Quarterback

Football player, Quarterback Washington Redskins John Dalton Beck (born August 21, 1981) is a former American football quarterback. Beck played college football at Brigham Young University, and was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the second ...more
Jack Morris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Age: 64

Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America

Position: Pitcher

Baseball player, Detroit Tigers John Scott Morris (born May 16, 1955) is an American former professional baseball starting pitcher. He is a color commentator for the Detroit Tigers on Fox Sports Detroit. He played in Major ...more
Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Age: 60

Birthplace: Ogden, Utah, United States of America

Position: Power forward, Center

Basketball player, Phoenix Suns Thomas Doane Chambers (born June 21, 1959) is an American retired National Basketball Association (NBA) player. Having a strong shot along with high-flying dunks, Chambers played professionally ...more
Alma Richards is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Dec. at 73 (1890-1963)

Birthplace: Parowan, Utah

Track and field athlete, won gold in track and field in the 1912 Summer Olympics Alma Wilford Richards (February 20, 1890 – April 3, 1963) was an American athlete. He was the first resident of Utah to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games, in 1912, in the running high jump
Richard Lambourne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Age: 44

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Volleyball player, 2008 Olympian Richard Edward "Rich" Lambourne (born May 6, 1975) is an American indoor volleyball player. He joined the U.S. men's national team in 2000 as the designated libero. He has recently ...more
Jake Gibb is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Age: 43

Birthplace: Bountiful, Utah, United States of America

Beach volleyball player Jacob "Jake" Spiker Gibb (born February 6, 1976) is an American professional beach volleyball player, who currently plays on the AVP Tour with Taylor Crabb as his partner. Gibb and ...more
Andy Reid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Age: 61

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Position: Offensive Lineman

Football player, Head Coach, Philadelphia Eagles Andrew Walter Reid (born March 19, 1958) is an American football head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). Reid was previously the head coach of the ...more
Rulon Gardner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Age: 48

Birthplace: Grant Village, Afton, Wyoming, United States of America

2000 Gold medalist Rulon E. Gardner (born August 16, 1971) is an American retired Greco-Roman Olympic Gold Medalist wrestler. He competed at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics and won the gold medal in 2000, defeating ...more