Mormons in the NFL, 2013 season

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24 2013 11:39 p.m. MDT

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Associated Press
Position: Defensive line
Team: Detroit Lions
College: BYU

One year ago, the 6-foot-6, 270-pound defensive lineman from Ghana wasn't even starting at BYU.

Now the NFL rookie, the fifth overall pick in last year's draft, is chasing the top quarterbacks in the league for the Detroit Lions.
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Don't forget Isaac Sopoaga, Philadelphia Eagles.

provo, UT

Vic So'oto just signed with the Arizona Cardinals (active roster)

Floyd Johnson
Broken Arrow, OK

This article includes a number of remarkable stories. The most remarkable is that John Denney has been in the league for 8 years as a deep snapper. Well done sir, my hat is off to you.

South Jordan, UT

Interesting how few players on this list came out of BYU. Illustrates BYU's lack of success recruiting LDS talent.

Blue Rampage
Salt Lake City, UT

And not every BYU player to go to the NFL was LDS. More impressive is the list of head coaches who came through BYU. At one time there were three active: Reid, Holmgren and Billick. And to the utes who find a way to spin negative on everything, how many of the ute coaching staff also came through BYU? Count 'em.

San Diego, CA

Why would any of these guys pursue a career that forces them to work on the Sabbath day? I know of many BYU players who did not go into the draft because they did not agree with having to provide entertainment for others on the Sabbath day.

Provo, UT

John Lotulelei is LDS as well...played at UNLV.

Williston, FL

I believe Alex Smith was left off this list as well. I looked twice to make sure i didn't skip him but i don't see him there!


I don't know the name, but I remember when my mother still lived in Indianapolis, there was a new Colts player who moved into her ward, and most everyone in the ward knew he was coming. But there was one lady who was the type to really welcome people into the ward, but was completely ignorant about sports. So she went up to him and asked, "And what brings you to Indianapolis?"

He just laughed and said "Athletics." :-D

chicago, IL

If you are a talented football player, good enough to be professional, you play on Sunday. If you are an airline pilot, you will have to fly on Sunday. I have it on good authority that General Authorities fly back to SLC on Sundays.There are few professions that can guarantee no Sunday Work. I am happy for Ironmania that the cocoon he/she lives in protects her from this truth.

56-6 BYU
Afton, WY

Actually, 8 are from BYU, the same number that are from Utah. 15 are from schools other than BYU or Utah. I would say that speaks well for BYU and Utah.

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