Last year, NFL fans witnessed the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history as the New England Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit to the Atlanta Falcons, ultimately winning the game in overtime.
This Sunday's Super Bowl between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots features three Mormons—with LDS linebacker for the Patriots Kyle Van Noy the only one anticipated to take the field. As we gear up for the event, let's celebrate Mormons in football by looking back at the 12 best LDS NFLers of all time, beginning with . . .
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#12: Austin Collie
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After being named an All-American during his junior season at BYU, wide receiver Austin Collie declared for the NFL draft. Selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round, Collie's impact was immediate. He and legendary quarterback Peyton Manning connected 60 times during his rookie year (including seven touchdown catches), and he was among the league's best rookie receivers. During his second season, he was beginning to establish himself as a Pro Bowl contender, catching eight touchdowns in nine games before going down with two brutal concussions. Though head injuries have plagued Collie's career, he didn't give up. He's since played for the New England Patriots, the San Francisco 49ers, and the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League.
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