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Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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List RulesMust have shown or mentioned in interviews public support for Republican candidates or conservative causes at some point in career

This list of famous Republican athletes includes some of the most famous athletes in the world, many of whom you would have never imagined had conservative ideals. In general, professional athletes - including NFL, NBA, tennis, soccer, and MLB stars - are extremely disciplined and have had to work hard to achieve their dreams. These ideals readily lend themselves to conservative values and politics. Many athletes you may have assumed were Democrats, like Tom Brady, Brett Favre, and Joe Montana, are actually Republicans. 

Who are the most famous Republican athletes? This list includes photos and biographical information about each one of these Republican athletes. It is very interesting to see what athletes belong to the conservative Republic party. This list displays the Republican sport stars and conservative athletes who excel in sports and openly share their support for the Republican party.
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  • Pete Sampras is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
    Pete Sampras (born August 12, 1971) is an American former professional tennis player. A... more
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  • Richard Petty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
    Richard Lee Petty (born July 2, 1937), nicknamed The King, is a former NASCAR driver who raced... more
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  • Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

    Tom Brady

    Age: 43
    Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. (born August 3, 1977) is an American football quarterback for... more
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  • Bo Schembechler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

    Bo Schembechler

    Dec. at 77 (1929-2006)
    Glenn Edward "Bo" Schembechler Jr. ( SHEM-bek-lər; April 1, 1929 – November 17, 2006) was an... more
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  • Bob Knight is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

    Bob Knight

    Age: 79
    Robert Montgomery Knight (born October 25, 1940) is a former American basketball coach.... more
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  • Jim Bunning is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
    James Paul David Bunning (October 23, 1931 – May 26, 2017) was an American professional... more
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  • Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

    Joe Torre

    Age: 80
    Joseph Paul Torre (; born July 18, 1940) is an Italian-American professional baseball... more
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  • Troy Aikman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
    Troy Kenneth Aikman (born November 21, 1966) is a former American football quarterback who... more
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  • Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

    Tim Tebow

    Age: 33
    Timothy Richard Tebow (; born August 14, 1987) is an American professional baseball player,... more
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  • Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
    Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976) is a former American football quarterback who... more
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  • Arnold Palmer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
    Arnold Daniel Palmer (September 10, 1929 – September 25, 2016) was an American professional... more
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  • Cal Ripken Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
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  • Bill Belichick is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
    William Stephen Belichick ( or (; born April 16, 1952) is an American football coach who... more
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  • Joe Paterno is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

    Joe Paterno

    Dec. at 86 (1926-2012)
    Joseph Vincent Paterno (; December 21, 1926 – January 22, 2012), sometimes referred to as... more
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  • Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

    Bob Feller

    Dec. at 92 (1918-2010)
    Robert William Andrew Feller (November 3, 1918 – December 15, 2010), nicknamed "The Heater... more
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  • Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
    Brett Lorenzo Favre ( (listen); FARV; born October 10, 1969) is a former American football... more
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  • Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

    Jim Kelly

    Age: 60
    James Edward Kelly (born February 14, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who... more
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  • Bobby Valentine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
    Robert John Valentine (born May 13, 1950), nicknamed "Bobby V", is a former American... more
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  • Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
    Joseph Clifford Montana Jr. (born June 11, 1956), nicknamed "Joe Cool" and "the Comeback Kid",... more
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  • Hayden Fry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

    Hayden Fry

    Age: 91
    John Hayden Fry (born February 28, 1929) is a former American football player and coach. He... more
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  • Andy Reid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

    Andy Reid

    Age: 62
    Andrew Walter Reid (born March 19, 1958) is an American football head coach of the Kansas City... more
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  • Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
    William Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962), nicknamed "Rocket", is an American former... more
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  • Jack Kemp is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

    Jack Kemp

    Dec. at 74 (1935-2009)
    Jack French Kemp (July 13, 1935 – May 2, 2009) was an American politician and a professional... more
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  • Jack Nicklaus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
    Jack William Nicklaus, nicknamed "The Golden Bear", is a retired American professional golfer.... more
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  • Vince McMahon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
    Vincent Kennedy McMahon (; born August 24, 1945) is an American professional wrestling... more
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