College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon

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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    • Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada
    • Position: Right fielder
    Baseball player, Washington Nationals
    Bryce Aron Max Harper (born October 16, 1992) is an American professional baseball right fielder for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played in MLB for the Washington ...more
    • Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America
    • Position: Quarterback
    Football player, Quarterback
    Jon Steven Young (born October 11, 1961) is a former professional American football quarterback who played 15 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) and is best known for his 13 seasons with ...more
  • Jack Dempsey
    Dec. at 87 (1895-1983)
    • Birthplace: Manassa, Colorado, United States of America
    Boxer, heavyweight boxing champion
    William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983), nicknamed "Kid Blackie" and "The Manassa Mauler", was an American professional boxer who competed from 1914 to 1927, and reigned as the ...more
    • Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America
    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 in his ...more
    • Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon, United States of America
    • Position: Shooting guard
    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 professional basketball and baseball player. Ainge is currently the general manager and President of Basketball ...more
    • Birthplace: Glens Falls, New York
    • Position: Point guard
    Basketball player, BYU Cougars and Sacramento Kings
    James Taft "Jimmer" Fredette (born February 25, 1989) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association. Fredette was the ...more