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Top 12 Mormon NFL Players of All Time


#11: Ziggy Ansah

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Photo from the Deseret News

After being baptized at age 18 by missionaries in Ghana, Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah came to Brigham Young University. He didn't make the basketball team, so he went out for track, where he ran the 200-meter dash in a blistering 21.89 seconds. Before long, the football coaches took notice. He joined the team without ever having played football before—he didn't even know how to put his pads on. Though learning the game was a process, Ansah was eventually selected 5th overall in the 2013 NFL draft and made a name for himself as a rookie for the Detroit Lions. Two seasons later, Ansah was named to his first Pro Bowl. 

#10: Scott Mitchell

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Photo from Sporting News

Long before his impressive stint on NBC's The Biggest Loser, Scott Mitchell had an even more impressive stint as a big winner in the NFL. After his college days at the University of Utah, Mitchell was selected in the 4th round of the NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins, where he played backup to Dan Marino. He wasn't a backup for long, though. Mitchell went on to have a 12-year career in the NFL, including several seasons as the starting quarterback for the Dolphins and the Detroit Lions. He set multiple passing records for the Lions before ending his career with the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals.

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