Quarterback was catalyst for fan's conversion

Jason Sheridan's conversion began something like this:

With the 40th pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select John Beck, quarterback, Brigham Young University.

Sheridan didn't join the LDS Church just because his favorite football team drafted a Mormon. There were other factors -- like BYU-TV, President Gordon B. Hinckley and the Book of Mormon.

But draft day 2007 was the catalyst.

"It all came down to Mr. Beck there," Sheridan said. "If the Dolphins hadn't drafted him ..."

Sheridan, a New York State trooper and former Marine, would likely still be oblivious to Mormons had Miami not used its second-round pick on Beck, a returned missionary who led BYU to a conference championship as a senior in 2006.

Beck had no idea his being drafted by the Dolphins influenced someone in upstate New York to investigate the church.

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