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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.

Who are famous Mormon athletes? Take a look here and see for yourself.
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  • Bryce Harper

    BirthplaceLas Vegas, Nevada

    PositionRight fielder

    Baseball player, Washington Nationals
  • Steve Young

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

    PositionQuarterback

    Football player, Quarterback
  • Jack Dempsey

    Jack Dempsey

    Dec. at 88 (1895-1983)

    BirthplaceManassa, Colorado, United States of America

    Boxer, heavyweight boxing champion
  • Billy Casper

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

    Golfer
  • Danny Ainge

    BirthplaceEugene, Oregon, United States of America

    PositionShooting guard, Second baseman

    Basketball player, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings
  • Jimmer Fredette

    BirthplaceGlens Falls, New York

    PositionPoint guard

    Basketball player, BYU Cougars and Sacramento Kings
  • Krisnan Inu

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    Rugby player, Parramatta Eels
  • Krešimir Ćosić

    Krešimir Ćosić

    Dec. at 47 (1948-1995)

    BirthplaceZagreb, Croatia

    PositionCenter

    Basketball player, Croatia
  • Roy Halladay

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    PositionPitcher

    Baseball player, Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies
  • Ben Hannant

    BirthplaceBurleigh Heads, Queensland

    Rugby player, Brisbane Broncos
  • Gene Fullmer

    BirthplaceWest Jordan, Utah

    Boxer, middleweight boxing champion
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Torah Bright

    BirthplaceCooma, Australia

    Snowboarder, 2007 X Games gold medalist and 2010 Winter Olympics Gold medalist
  • Dennis Eckersley

    BirthplaceOakland, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    PositionPitcher

    Baseball player, Oakland Athletics
  • Shawn Bradley

    BirthplaceLandstuhl, Germany

    PositionCenter

    Basketball player, New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks
  • Austin Collie

    BirthplaceHamilton, Canada

    PositionWide receiver

    Football player, Wide Receiver, Indianapolis Colts
  • John Beck

    John Beck

    Age: 38

    BirthplaceHayward, California, United States of America

    PositionQuarterback

  • Jack Morris

    BirthplaceSaint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America

    PositionPitcher

    Baseball player, Detroit Tigers
  • Tom Chambers

    BirthplaceOgden, Utah, United States of America

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Basketball player, Phoenix Suns
  • 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
  • Richard Lambourne

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Volleyball player, 2008 Olympian
  • Jake Gibb

    Jake Gibb

    Age: 43

    BirthplaceBountiful, Utah, United States of America

    Beach volleyball player
  • Andy Reid

    Andy Reid

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    PositionOffensive Lineman

    Football player, Head Coach, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Rulon Gardner

    BirthplaceGrant Village, Afton, Wyoming, United States of America

    2000 Gold medalist