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One Mormon is set to participate in Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California, on Feb. 7: Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei.

We thought it would be fun to look back at a host of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have taken part in the biggest football game of the year. This list is not all-inclusive.

William “Bill” Arthur Baird
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Bill Baird played defensive back for the New York Jets in Super Bowl III. The Jets defeated the Baltimore Colts, 16-7.

Baird joined the LDS Church in 1976.

Golden Richards
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Golden Richards' touchdown catch sealed the Dallas Cowboys' 27-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XII.

Richards also appeared with the Cowboys in Super Bowls X and XIII.

Richards was raised by a devout Mormon family in Salt Lake City before going on to play at BYU.

Danny White
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White (11) was a member of the Dallas Cowboys when the team defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XII, 27-10, and lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XIII, 35-31.

Todd Christensen
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Christensen was a member of the Oakland Raiders when the team defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10, in Super Bowl XV.

He earned a second ring in Super Bowl XVIII when the Los Angeles Raiders thrashed the Washington Redskins, 38-9.

Christensen played collegiately at BYU and later became a college football broadcaster.

The five-time Pro Bowl tight end died in 2013 due to complications during liver transplant surgery.

Marc Wilson
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Wilson, one of the top quarterbacks in BYU history, was also a member of the Raiders when the team was victorious in Super Bowls XV and XVIII.

Burgess Owens
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Owens, far left (44), was a safety for the Raiders in the team's victory over Philadelphia in Super Bowl XV.

Burgess and his wife investigated the LDS Church during 1982 and were baptized on Dec. 31, around 10 p.m., so they could bring in the new year as members of the LDS Church.

Bart Oates
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Oates played center for the New York Giants from 1985–93. He was a member of the Giants teams that won Super Bowls XXI and XXV.

He also played for the San Francisco 49ers and was a member of the team that won Super Bowl XXIX.

Oates played collegiately at BYU. He served an LDS mission in Las Vegas. Oates was inducted into the BYU athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.

Mat Mendenhall
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Mendenhall was a defensive lineman at BYU before he was drafted by the Washington Redskins. He started in Super Bowl XVII against the Miami Dolphins. The Redskins won, 27-17.

Mendenhall is the older brother of current BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall.

Tom Holmoe
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Holmoe was taken in the fourth round of the 1983 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He played seven seasons for the 49ers, winning Super Bowls with the team in 1984, 1988 and 1989 before retiring due to a knee injury.

Holmoe, who played for BYU, was the head coach at Cal before he became the athletic director at his alma mater.

Todd Shell
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Shell, right, played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1984-1987. He was a member of the team that played in Super Bowl XIX and defeated the Miami Dolphins, 38-16.

Trevor Matich
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Matich played at BYU in college before going on to play 12 seasons in the NFL, mainly as a long-snapper. He was a member of the New England Patriots in 1985 when the team was defeated by the Chicago Bears, 46-10, in Super Bowl XX.

Matich served an LDS mission in Torreon, Mexico. He is now a college football analyst for ESPN.

Rulon Jones
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Jones (75) played college football for Utah State before becoming a member of the Denver Broncos from 1980-1988. He played in two Super Bowls — XXI, when the Broncos lost to the N.Y. Giants, 39-20; and XXII, when the Broncos lost to the Washington Redskins, 42-10.

Steve Young
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Young played quarterback in the NFL for 14 seasons during the 1980s and 1990s, spending most of that time as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.

Young was named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXIX after San Francisco defeated San Diego, 49-26.

Young also earned championship rings as Joe Montana's backup at Super Bowls XXIII and XXIV.

Today, Young is an NFL analyst for ESPN.

Jason Buck
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Buck, another BYU alum, was a member of the Cincinnati Bengals when the team lost to the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIII, 20-16.

The former Outland Trophy winner eventually earned a championship ring and was a member of the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXVI.

Lee Johnson
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Punter Lee Johnson (11) played for six NFL teams from 1985 to 2002.

In Super Bowl XXIII, Johnson set a record for the longest punt in Super Bowl history (63 yards), but the Bengals lost to the 49ers, 20-16.

Travis Hall
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Hall was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the sixth round of the 1995 NFL draft. He played 10 years with the Falcons before signing a free-agent contract with the 49ers in 2005.

Hall was a member of the Falcons when the team lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII.

Edwin Mulitalo
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Mulitalo earned a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV as Baltimore defeated the New York Giants, 34-7.

Brandon Manumaleuna
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Manumaleuna (86) was selected in the fourth round (129 overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.

He was a member of the Rams when the team lost to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI.

Joe Germaine
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After leading Ohio State to a win in the Rose Bowl, Germaine was the rookie back-up to Kurt Warner when the St. Louis Rams defeated the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV.

Doug Jolley
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The former BYU tight end caught five passes for 59 yards in the Oakland Raiders' 48-21 loss to Tampa Bay in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Chad Lewis
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Lewis caught the game-clinching touchdown pass for the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter of the 2005 NFC Championship game but suffered a serious foot injury on the same play. The injury kept him from playing in Super Bowl XXXIX.

Perhaps if Lewis had played in the big game, the Eagles would have found a way to win. Ultimately, Philadelphia lost to the New England Patriots, 24-21.

Lewis served a mission in Taichung, Taiwan.

Reno Mahe
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Mahe was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles when they played the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX.

Andy Reid
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Head coach Andy Reid's Philadelphia Eagles advanced to the conference championship game in 2001, 2002 and 2003 before finally advancing to the Super Bowl in 2004.

The Eagles made it to Super Bowl XXXIX but fell to the New England Patriots 24-21 in the final minutes.

Itula Mili
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Mili was a member of the Seattle Seahawks when the team played the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL. The Seahawks lost to the Steelers, 21-10.

Chris Hoke
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Hoke recorded one tackle in Pittsburgh's 21-10 Super Bowl XL win over Seattle.

Hoke, a defensive lineman, was also part of the 2008 Steelers' team that defeated Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII and the 2010 team that lost to Green Bay in Super Bowl XLV.

Hoke served an LDS mission in Belgium and France.

Shaun Nua
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Nua, left, was part of the Pittsburgh team that won Super Bowl XL.

Brett Keisel
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Sporting his famous beard, Keisel has helped the Pittsburgh Steelers to win Super Bowls XL and XLIII.

He was also part of the Steeler team that lost to Green Bay in Super Bowl XLV.

Rob Morris
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Morris served a two-year LDS mission to Toronto, Canada, before playing with the Indianapolis Colts from 2000-2007.

He was a member of the Colts' team that defeated Chicago in Super Bowl XLI.

Gabe Reid
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Reid played for the Chicago Bears from 2003-2006.

The Bears' lost to the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI.

Reid served an LDS mission in Santiago, Chile.

John Tait
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Tait was a member of the Chicago Bears when Chicago played Indianapolis in Super Bowl XLI.

Tait served an LDS mission to Tennessee.

Aaron Francisco
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Francisco suited up for Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII and later for Indianapolis in Super Bowl XLIV. On both occasions, his team lost.

Francisco was part of one of the most memorable moments in Super Bowl history. This photo shows him (47) defending Pittsburgh's Santonio Holmes as he makes the game-winning touchdown catch in XLIII.

Taitusi “Deuce” Lutui
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Deuce Lutui started on the offensive line when Arizona lost to Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLIII.

Austin Collie
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The former BYU standout caught six passes for 66 yards in Indianapolis' loss to New Orleans in Super Bowl XLIV.

Collie served an LDS mission in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Fili Moala
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Fili Moala was a member of the Colts when Indianapolis lost to New Orleans in Super Bowl XLIV.

Marcus Mailei
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Mailei, who played his college ball at Weber State, was a member of the New Orleans Saints when the team won Super Bowl XLIV.

Brady Poppinga
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Poppinga was a member of the Green Bay Packers when the team won Super Bowl XLV. Poppinga missed the game because of an injury.

Poppinga served an LDS mission in Uruguay.

Haloti Ngata
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Ngata was one of four LDS members on the Baltimore Ravens' roster in 2013.

Going into Super Bowl XLVII, the five-time all-pro was widely considered to be one of the top defensive linemen in the NFL.

The Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII.

Dennis Pitta
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Pitta played a key role in the Baltimore Ravens' success in 2013. The former BYU great caught 61 passes for 669 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season — tying a franchise record for touchdowns caught by a tight end.

The Ravens defeated the 49ers 34–31 in Super Bowl XLVII.

Pitta served an LDS mission to the Dominican Republic.

Paul Kruger
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The former Utah lineman had a breakout season in 2012. During the regular season, he recorded nine sacks, 42 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

He was a member of the Ravens when the team defeated the 49ers.

Kruger served an LDS mission in the Kansas City, Missouri, area.

Will Tukuafu
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Tukuafu graduated from East High in Salt Lake City before playing at Scottsdale Community College and transferring to Oregon.

Seeing time in the 2012 NFC East championship, Tukuafu recorded one tackle and one assisted tackle against the New England Patriots.

Tukuafu played in Super Bowl XLVII with the 49ers, which his team lost to the Ravens.

Tukuafu served an LDS mission in Jamaica.

Sione Fua
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The defensive tackle from Stanford started the 2013-2014 season with the Carolina Panthers but was waived and picked up by the Denver Broncos in late November 2013. He was inactive for Denver's 26-16 win against New England in the AFC Championship but was on the roster for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Sione is the older brother of BYU's Alani Fua.

Darrell Bevell
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Super Bowl XLIX was Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell's second straight trip to the Super Bowl.

Bevell became Seattle's offensive coordinator in 2011 after spending five seasons (2006-10) as Minnesota's offensive coordinator.

Bevell served a two-year Mormon mission in Cleveland from 1990-91.

The Seahawks were defeated in their second consecutive Super Bowl, 28-24.

Tony Moeaki
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After three years in Kansas City and a short stint in Buffalo, Moeaki (88) has caught eight passes for 134 yards and one touchdown for the Seattle Seahawks last year. The TD catch happened to come against his Kansas City teammates.

Super Bowl XLIX was the first for the former Iowa tight end. The Seahawks were defeated by the Patriots, 28-24.

Jordan Devey
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The offensive lineman from American Fork, Utah, came a long way to be at the Super Bowl last year.

According to a 2012 Deseret News article, Devey didn't play football in high school football. Instead, he played the tuba in the marching band. He decided to give football a try after his LDS mission and walked on at Snow College. He ended up earning a scholarship to the University of Memphis.

The 6-foot-6, 317-pound lineman was a member of New England's practice squad last year and has played in 7 games this year.

The Patriots defeated the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, 28-24.

Sealver Siliga
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Siliga's path to the Super Bowl was been full of twists and turns.

The former University of Utah lineman and West Jordan native was originally signed by San Francisco as a rookie free agent, then traded to Seattle and released. He was then signed by Denver and played in one game before being signed to New England's practice squad and eventually making the team.

He is the youngest of 11 children in his family, who later adopted a 12th child.

In an interview with, Siliga talked about his LDS faith and his admiration for his parents.

"I’m LDS (Latter Day Saint), so I’m big with my Heavenly Father," Siliga said.

The Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX, 28-24.

Star Lotulelei
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Star Lotulelei moved to the United States from Tonga when he was 9 years old. The University of Utah alum will take the field in Super Bowl 50 as a real-life fulfillment of the American dream.

Lotulelei was selected by the Carolina Panthers as the 14th pick overall in the 2013 NFL Draft after completing his sociology degree. Lotulelei has recorded 22 tackles this season, including 13 solo tackles. The Panthers defense, of which Lotulelei is a part as a defensive tackle, only allowed 88.4 yards per game during the regular season, making it the fourth best defense in the NFL at stopping the rush.

According to an article published by the Associated Press in 2013, after committing to play for BYU in 2006, Lotulelei was unable to qualify academically. After taking a year off of football to work for moving company in Utah, Lotulelei made a return to football as he enrolled at Snow College. Lotulelei met his wife while he was in school at Snow College, and that has made all the difference in his football career.

"Getting married and having my first child was something that helped me become grounded," Lotulelei told the Associated Press. "It helped me to focus, kind of settle down and figure out what I wanted to do with my life and where we needed to go. I think that is what has gotten me to where I am today."