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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
Bryce Harper 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
Steve Young age 56 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
Jack Dempsey 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
Billy Casper 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
Danny Ainge age 58 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
Jimmer Fredette age 28 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
Krisnan Inu age 30 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
Krešimir Ćosić 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
Roy Halladay 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
Ben Hannant age 33 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
Gene Fullmer age 86 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
Merlin Olsen 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

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Harmon Killebrew is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Harmon Killebrew 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
Torah Bright age 31 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
Dennis Eckersley age 63 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
Shawn Bradley age 45 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
Austin Collie age 32 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

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John Beck is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
John Beck age 36 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
Jack Morris age 62 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
Tom Chambers age 58 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
Alma Richards 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
Richard Lambourne age 42 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

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Jake Gibb is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Jake Gibb age 41 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
Andy Reid age 59 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
Rulon Gardner age 46 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

Cael Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Cael Sanderson age 38 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
Dale Murphy age 61 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

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Ben Cahoon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Ben Cahoon age 45 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
Jeff Kent age 49 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
Sean Salisbury age 54 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
Ryan Millar age 39 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
Peter Vidmar age 56 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

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Todd Heap is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Todd Heap age 37 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
Travis Hansen age 39 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
Haloti Ngata age 33 Football player, Defensive Tackle, Baltimore Ravens Etuini Haloti Ngata is an American football defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Oregon and earned consensus ...more

Erin Thorn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Erin Thorn age 36 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
Ed Parker Died at 59 (1931-1990) Martial artist, born Edmund Kealoha Parker Edmund Kealoha "Ed" Parker was an American martial artist.

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Jeremy Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Jeremy Guthrie age 38 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
Ty Detmer age 50 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
Cale Iorg age 32 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
Thurl Bailey age 56 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
Brandon Lyon age 38 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.

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Reno Mahe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon
Reno Mahe age 37 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
Sione Pouha age 38 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
Edwin Mulitalo age 43 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
Mark Madsen age 41 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
Max Hall age 32 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
Paul Kruger age 31 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 32 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
Todd Christensen Died 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