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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.

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Bryce Harper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 26 Baseball player, Washington Nationals Bryce Aron Max Harper is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball. Harper was selected by the Nationals with the first overall pick in ...more

Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 57 Football player, Quarterback Jon Steven "Steve" Young is a former professional American football quarterback who played 14 seasons in the National Football League. Young played college football for Brigham Young ...more

Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Died at 88 (1895-1983) Boxer, heavyweight boxing champion William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey, also known as "Kid Blackie" and "The Manassa Mauler", was an American professional boxer, who became a cultural icon of the 1920s. ...more

Billy Casper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 87 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 59 Basketball player, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings Daniel Ray "Danny" Ainge is an American basketball executive and retired professional basketball and baseball player, currently serving as President of Basketball Operations for the ...more

Jimmer Fredette is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 29 Basketball player, BYU Cougars and Sacramento Kings James Taft "Jimmer" Fredette is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association. Fredette is a native ...more

Krisnan Inu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 31 Rugby player, Parramatta Eels Krisnan Nevada Inu is a New Zealand professional rugby union player for Stade Français of the Top 14. Previously, he was a rugby league footballer for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, ...more

Krešimir Ćosić is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Died at 47 (1948-1995) Basketball player, Croatia Krešimir Ćosić was a Croatian professional basketball player who represented Yugoslavia internationally, a collegiate All-American at Brigham Young University, and a member of FIBA Hall of Fame ...more

Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 41 Baseball player, Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies Harry Leroy "Roy" Halladay III, nicknamed "Doc", is an American former professional baseball player who pitched in Major League Baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays and ...more

Ben Hannant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 34 Rugby player, Brisbane Broncos Benjamin Hannant is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the North Queensland Cowboys of the NRL. A Queensland State of Origin and Australian international representative ...more

Gene Fullmer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 87 Boxer, middleweight boxing champion Gene Fullmer is an American former middleweight boxer and world champion.

Merlin Olsen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Died at 70 (1940-2010) Football player, Hall of Fame, defensive tackle, Los Angeles Rams. Merlin Jay Olsen was an American football player in the National Football League, NFL commentator, and actor. He played his entire 15-year career as a defensive tackle with the Los Angeles Rams ...more

Harmon Killebrew is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Died at 75 (1936-2011) Baseball player, Minnesota Twins Harmon Clayton Killebrew, nicknamed "The Killer" and "Hammerin' Harmon", was an American professional baseball first baseman, third baseman, and left fielder. During his ...more

Torah Bright is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 32 Snowboarder, 2007 X Games gold medalist and 2010 Winter Olympics Gold medalist Torah Jane Bright is an Australian professional snowboarder. Bright is an Olympic gold and silver medalist. In 2013 she won a bronze medal at the FIS Snowboarding World Championships. She lives ...more

Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 64 Baseball player, Oakland Athletics Dennis Lee Eckersley, nicknamed "Eck", is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher. Between 1975 and 1998, he pitched for the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, ...more

Shawn Bradley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 46 Basketball player, New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks Shawn Paul Bradley is a retired American and German basketball player who played center for the Philadelphia 76ers, the New Jersey Nets and the Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball ...more

Austin Collie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 33 Football player, Wide Receiver, Indianapolis Colts Austin Kirk Collie is a Canadian football wide receiver for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round in the 2009 NFL Draft. He ...more

John Beck is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 37 Football player, Quarterback Washington Redskins John Beck is a professional football player.

Jack Morris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 63 Baseball player, Detroit Tigers John Scott "Jack" Morris is an American former Major League Baseball starting pitcher, and played between 1977 and 1994, mainly for the Detroit Tigers, winning 254 games throughout his ...more

Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 59 Basketball player, Phoenix Suns Thomas Doane Chambers is a retired American NBA basketball player. Known for his strong shooting and high-flying dunks, Chambers played professionally from 1981 to 1997. At 6'10", he played ...more

Alma Richards is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Died at 73 (1890-1963) Track and field athlete, won gold in track and field in the 1912 Summer Olympics Alma Wilford Richards was a high jumper and was famous for being the first resident of Utah to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games, in 1912, in the running high jump event.

Richard Lambourne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 43 Volleyball player, 2008 Olympian Richard Edward "Rich" Lambourne is an American indoor volleyball player. He joined the U.S. men's national team in 2000 as the designated libero. He has recently played for Delecta ...more

Jake Gibb is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 42 Beach volleyball player Jacob "Jake" Spiker Gibb is an American professional beach volleyball player, currently on the AVP Tour with current partner, Casey Patterson. Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal played ...more

Andy Reid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 60 Football player, Head Coach, Philadelphia Eagles Andrew Walter "Andy" Reid is a professional American football coach who is the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. Reid was previously the head coach ...more

Rulon Gardner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 47 2000 Gold medalist Rulon Gardner is an American Olympian who competed in the 2000 Olympic games, winning the gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling upon defeating Russian Aleksandr Karelin, who was previously ...more