You’d be surprised to find out how big a role religion plays in the lives of some of our best known professional athletes. We’re used to hearing stories of bad behavior, sexual escapades and hard partying when it comes to these sports stars, but many are guided by their religion to live (mostly) exemplary lives on and off the field. Here are 30 athletes for whom religion is very important.
1. Steve Young
Sport – Football
Team(s) – San Francisco 49ers
Religion – Mormon
Personal Story – Young isn’t just a devout Mormon, he’s the great-great-great grandson of Brigham Young, one of the founders of the Mormon Church and the namesake for the college Young attended.