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Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

Famous Conservatives
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List Rules Must 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.
Pete Sampras is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
Age 48 from Potomac
Pete Sampras (born August 12, 1971) is an American former professional tennis player. A right-handed player with a single-handed backhand, his precise and powerful serve earned him the nickname ...more
Richard Petty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
Age 81 from Level Cross
Richard Lee Petty (born July 2, 1937), nicknamed The King, is a former NASCAR driver who raced from 1958 to 1992 in the former NASCAR Grand National and Winston Cup Series (now called the ...more
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
Age 38 from San Mateo
Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. (born August 3, 1977) is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). Brady has played in nine Super ...more
Bo Schembechler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
Dec. at 77 (1929-2006) from Barberton
Glenn Edward "Bo" Schembechler Jr. ( SHEM-bek-lər; April 1, 1929 – November 17, 2006) was an American football player, coach, and athletics administrator. He served as the head ...more
Bob Knight is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
Age 78 from Massillon
Robert Montgomery Knight (born October 25, 1940) is a former American basketball coach. Nicknamed "the General", Knight won 902 NCAA Division I men's college basketball games, a record ...more
Jim Bunning is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
Age 87 from Southgate
James Paul David Bunning (October 23, 1931 – May 26, 2017) was an American professional baseball pitcher and politician who represented Kentucky in both chambers of the United States Congress. ...more
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
Age 78 from New York City
Joseph Paul Torre (; born July 18, 1940) is an Italian-American professional baseball executive, serving in the capacity of Major League Baseball's (MLB) chief baseball officer since 2011. A ...more
Troy Aikman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
Age 49 from West Covina
Troy Kenneth Aikman (born November 21, 1966) is a former American football quarterback who played for the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League (NFL). The number one overall draft pick ...more
Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
Age 28 from Makati
Timothy Richard Tebow (; born August 14, 1987) is an American professional baseball player, former professional football quarterback, and broadcaster. He played college football for the ...more
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
Age 39 from New Orleans
Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976) is a former American football quarterback who played 18 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the Indianapolis Colts. ...more
Arnold Palmer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
Age 89 from Latrobe
Arnold Daniel Palmer (September 10, 1929 – September 25, 2016) was an American professional golfer who is generally regarded as one of the greatest and most charismatic players in the sport's ...more
Cal Ripken Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
Bill Belichick is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
Age 63 from Nashville
William Stephen Belichick ( or (; born April 16, 1952) is an American football coach who serves as the head coach of the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). His extensive ...more
Joe Paterno is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
Dec. at 86 (1926-2012) from New York City
Joseph Vincent Paterno (; December 21, 1926 – January 22, 2012), sometimes referred to as JoePa, was an American college football player, athletic director, and coach. He was the head coach of ...more
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
Dec. at 92 (1918-2010) from Van Meter
Robert William Andrew Feller (November 3, 1918 – December 15, 2010), nicknamed "The Heater from Van Meter", "Bullet Bob", and "Rapid Robert", was an American ...more
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
Age 46 from Gulfport
Brett Lorenzo Favre ( (listen); FARV; born October 10, 1969) is a former American football quarterback who spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football ...more
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
Age 55 from Pittsburgh
James Edward Kelly (born February 14, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons and spent the entirety of his NFL career ...more
Bobby Valentine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
Age 68 from Stamford
Robert John Valentine (born May 13, 1950), nicknamed "Bobby V", is a former American professional baseball player and manager. He is currently the athletic director at Sacred Heart ...more
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
Age 59 from New Eagle
Joseph Clifford Montana Jr. (born June 11, 1956), nicknamed "Joe Cool" and "the Comeback Kid", is an American former football quarterback who played in the National Football ...more
Hayden Fry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
Age 90 from Eastland
John Hayden Fry (born February 28, 1929) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Southern Methodist University (SMU) from 1962 to 1972, North ...more
Andy Reid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
Age 57 from Los Angeles
Andrew Walter Reid (born March 19, 1958) is an American football head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). Reid was previously the head coach of the ...more
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
Age 56 from Dayton
William Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962), nicknamed "Rocket", is an American former baseball pitcher who played 24 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for four teams. Clemens was ...more
Jack Kemp is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
Age Died at 74 (1935-2009) from Los Angeles
Jack French Kemp (July 13, 1935 – May 2, 2009) was an American politician and a professional player in both American football and Canadian football. A member of the Republican Party from New ...more
Jack Nicklaus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
Age 79 from Upper Arlington
Jack William Nicklaus, nicknamed "The Golden Bear", is a retired American professional golfer. He is widely regarded as the greatest professional golfer of all time, winning a total of ...more
Vince McMahon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative
Age 73 from USA
Vincent Kennedy McMahon (; born August 24, 1945) is an American professional wrestling promoter and executive, American football executive, and businessman. Since taking over the company from ...more