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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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  • Bryce Harper

    BirthplaceLas Vegas, Nevada

    PositionRight fielder

    Baseball player, Washington Nationals
    Bryce Aron Max Harper (born October 16, 1992) is an American professional baseball right... more on Wikipedia
  • Steve Young

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

    PositionQuarterback

    Football player, Quarterback
    Jon Steven Young (born October 11, 1961) is a former professional American football... more on Wikipedia
  • Jack Dempsey

    Jack Dempsey

    Dec. at 88 (1895-1983)

    BirthplaceManassa, Colorado, United States of America

    Boxer, heavyweight boxing champion
    William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983), nicknamed "Kid Blackie" and... more on Wikipedia
  • Billy Casper

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

    Golfer
    William Earl Casper, Jr. was an American professional golfer who was one of the most prolific... more on Wikipedia
  • Danny Ainge

    BirthplaceEugene, Oregon, United States of America

    PositionShooting 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... more on Wikipedia
  • Jimmer Fredette

    BirthplaceGlens Falls, New York

    PositionPoint guard

    Basketball player, BYU Cougars and Sacramento Kings
    James Taft Fredette (born February 25, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia
  • Krisnan Inu

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    Rugby player, Parramatta Eels
    Krisnan Nevada Inu (born 17 March 1987) is a professional rugby league footballer who plays as... more on Wikipedia
  • Krešimir Ćosić

    Krešimir Ćosić

    Dec. at 47 (1948-1995)

    BirthplaceZagreb, Croatia

    PositionCenter

    Basketball player, Croatia
    Krešimir "Krešo" Ćosić (Croatian pronunciation: [krěʃimir t͡ɕɔ̌ːsit͡ɕ]; 26 November 1948 – 25... more on Wikipedia
  • Roy Halladay

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    PositionPitcher

    Baseball player, Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies
    Harry Leroy "Roy" Halladay III (May 14, 1977 – November 7, 2017), was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • Ben Hannant

    BirthplaceBurleigh Heads, Queensland

    Rugby player, Brisbane Broncos
    Benjamin Hannant (born 31 December 1984) is an Australian rugby league footballer who plays... more on Wikipedia
  • Gene Fullmer

    BirthplaceWest Jordan, Utah

    Boxer, middleweight boxing champion
    Lawrence Gene Fullmer (July 21, 1931 – April 27, 2015) was an American professional boxer and... more on Wikipedia
  • Merlin Olsen

    Merlin Olsen

    Dec. at 70 (1940-2010)

    BirthplaceLogan, 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,... more on Wikipedia
  • Harmon Killebrew

    Harmon Killebrew

    Dec. at 75 (1936-2011)

    BirthplacePayette, Idaho, United States of America

    PositionDesignated 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... more on Wikipedia
  • Torah Bright

    BirthplaceCooma, 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... more on Wikipedia
  • Dennis Eckersley

    BirthplaceOakland, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    PositionPitcher

    Baseball player, Oakland Athletics
    Dennis Lee Eckersley (born October 3, 1954), nicknamed "Eck", is an American former... more on Wikipedia
  • Shawn Bradley

    BirthplaceLandstuhl, Germany

    PositionCenter

    Basketball player, New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks
    Shawn Paul Bradley (born March 22, 1972) is a German-American former basketball player who... more on Wikipedia
  • Austin Collie

    BirthplaceHamilton, Canada

    PositionWide receiver

    Football player, Wide Receiver, Indianapolis Colts
    Austin Kirk Collie (born November 11, 1985) is a former American football wide receiver. He... more on Wikipedia
  • John Beck

    John Beck

    Age: 38

    BirthplaceHayward, California, United States of America

    PositionQuarterback

    John Dalton Beck (born August 21, 1981) is a former American football quarterback. Beck... more on Wikipedia
  • Jack Morris

    BirthplaceUSA, Minnesota, Saint Paul

    PositionPitcher

    Baseball player, Detroit Tigers
    John Scott Morris (born May 16, 1955) is an American former professional baseball starting... more on Wikipedia
  • Tom Chambers

    BirthplaceOgden, Utah, United States of America

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Basketball player, Phoenix Suns
    Thomas Doane Chambers (born June 21, 1959) is an American retired National Basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • Alma Richards

    Alma Richards

    Dec. at 73 (1890-1963)

    BirthplaceParowan, 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... more on Wikipedia
  • Richard Lambourne

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Volleyball player, 2008 Olympian
    Richard Edward "Rich" Lambourne (born May 6, 1975) is an American indoor volleyball player. He... more on Wikipedia
  • Jake Gibb

    Jake Gibb

    Age: 43

    BirthplaceBountiful, Utah, United States of America

    Beach volleyball player
    Jacob "Jake" Spiker Gibb (born February 6, 1976) is an American professional beach volleyball... more on Wikipedia
  • Andy Reid

    Andy Reid

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    PositionOffensive Lineman

    Football player, Head Coach, Philadelphia Eagles
    Andrew Walter Reid (born March 19, 1958) is an American football head coach of the Kansas City... more on Wikipedia
  • Rulon Gardner

    BirthplaceGrant 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... more on Wikipedia