PROVO — In the world of LDS returned missionaries, John Beck is a pioneer of sorts.

Last fall, the former Brigham Young University quarterback, and current member of the Miami Dolphins, became the first returned missionary to start a game at quarterback in the National Football League.

For years, observers have noted that no returned missionary had ever started at quarterback in the NFL, but not anymore. Beck has broken that barrier, having started three games in 2007.

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