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College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon

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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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Cael Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 40
Wrestler, 2004 Gold medal, undefeated NCAA champion Cael Norman Sanderson is an American college wrestling coach and current head wrestling coach of Penn State University. He is considered one of the greatest American amateur wrestlers in recent ...more
Dale Murphy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 63
Baseball player, Atlanta Braves Dale Bryan Murphy is a former Major League Baseball outfielder and first baseman. During an 18-year baseball career, 1976–1993, he played for three different teams, but is noted for his time ...more
Ben Cahoon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 47
Football player, Slotback, Montreal Alouettes Ben Cahoon is a former professional Canadian football slotback who spent his entire career with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He won the award for the Most Outstanding ...more
Jeff Kent is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 51
Baseball player, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants Jeffrey Franklin Kent is a former Major League Baseball second baseman. Kent won the National League Most Valuable Player award in 2000 with the San Francisco Giants, and is the all-time leader ...more
Sean Salisbury is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 56
Football player, Quarterback, Minnesota Vikings and others Richard Sean Salisbury is an American football analyst, former NFL and CFL quarterback, and actor.
Ryan Millar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 41
Volleyball player, 2004 Olympic Men's Volleyball Team Ryan Madsen Millar is an American volleyball player, who plays as a middle-blocker for the U.S. national team. He joined the team in May 1999. He is currently playing for Lokomotiv Novosibirsk ...more
Peter Vidmar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 58
Gymnast, Olympic gold medal gymnast Peter Glen Vidmar is an American gymnast and Olympic medalist. He won gold medals in the men's all-around team competition and the pommel horse competition, as well as a silver medal in the ...more
Todd Heap is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 39
Football player, Tight End, Arizona Cardinals Todd Benjamin Heap is a former American football tight end. After playing college football for Arizona State University, he was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2001 NFL ...more
Travis Hansen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 41
Basketball player, Atlanta Hawks, Tau Ceramica, MBC Dynamo Moscow Travis Mitchell Hansen is an American former professional basketball player who last played for BC Khimki in Russia. He played one year in the NBA for the Atlanta Hawks and eight years in the ...more
Haloti Ngata is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 35
Football player, Defensive Tackle, Baltimore Ravens Etuini Haloti Ngata (born January 21, 1984) is a former American football defensive tackle. He played college football for the University of Oregon and earned consensus All-American honors. ...more
Erin Thorn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Erin Thorn age 38
Basketball player, WNBA Chicago Sky Erin Thorn is an American professional basketball player. She is currently playing for Tarbes GB in Tarbes, France.
Ed Parker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Dec. at 59 (1931-1990)
Martial artist, born Edmund Kealoha Parker Edmund Kealoha "Ed" Parker was an American martial artist.
Jeremy Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 40
Baseball player, pitcher Jeremy Shane Guthrie is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals. He has previously played for the Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, and Colorado Rockies.
Ty Detmer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 52
Football player, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Ty Hubert Detmer is an American former college and professional football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League for twelve seasons. He played college football for Brigham ...more
Cale Iorg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 34
Baseball player, Detroit Tigers organization Garth Cale Iorg is a retired minor league baseball player. He is the son of former Major League Baseball player Garth Iorg and nephew of former Major Leaguer Dane Iorg. Iorg graduated from Karns ...more
Thurl Bailey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 58
Basketball player, Utah Jazz Thurl Lee Bailey is an American retired professional basketball player whose NBA career spanned from 1983 to 1999 with the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Brandon Lyon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 40
Baseball player, Pitcher Brandon James Lyon is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He has been used for part of his career as a setup man and has also been a closer.
Reno Mahe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 39
Football player, Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles Sateki Reno Mahe, Jr. is a retired American football running back who played five seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. Mahe played college football for Brigham ...more
Sione Pouha is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 40
Football player, Defensive Tackle, New York Jets Sione Sonasi "Bo" Po'uha is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. Pouha played college football at the University of Utah. He also is an active member of ...more
Edwin Mulitalo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 45
Football player, Guard, Detroit Lions Edwin Moliki Mulitalo is a former American football guard. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played college football at Arizona. Mulitalo ...more
Mark Madsen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 43
Basketball player, Los Angeles Lakers/Minnesota Timberwolves Mark Ellsworth Madsen is an American former professional basketball player and current assistant coach of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. As a player, he received ...more
Max Hall is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 34
Football player, Quarterback, Arizona Cardinals Max Hall is a former American football quarterback. After playing college football for BYU, he was signed by the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2010. Hall played in six games as a ...more
Paul Kruger is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
age 33
Football player, Defensive End, Baltimore Ravens Paul Christian Kruger Jr. is an American football linebacker for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the 2009 NFL ...more
Albert Hopoate is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Albert Hopoate age 34
Rugby player, Sydney Roosters Albert Hopoate is an Australian professional rugby league/union player who is currently contracted to the Penrith Emus in the NSW Shute Shield competition.He is the younger brother of ...more
Todd Christensen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Dec. at 57 (1956-2013)
Football player, Tight End, Los Angeles Raiders Todd Jay Christensen was an American football player who played in the National Football League from 1978 until 1988, spending most of that time playing tight end for the Oakland and Los Angeles ...more