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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 has been named to his first Pro Bowl. At only 26 years old, Ansah will likely be one of the NFL's top defensive players for years to come.

#10: Scott Mitchell

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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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#9: Paul Kruger

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In high school, Paul Kruger was one of the best quarterbacks in the country. Now he's in the NFL, wreaking havoc from the other side of the ball. A member of Utah's legendary 2004 squad, Kruger made the transition to defense in college and became a force at linebacker. He was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2009 draft by the Baltimore Ravens. It was with the Ravens that Kruger became a household name among NFL fans, with several key plays in late-game scenarios and two critical sacks in Super Bowl XLVII. Kruger and the Ravens won that Super Bowl 34-31 over the San Francisco 49ers. He's spent the last three seasons as a key member of the Cleveland Browns' defense.

#8: Danny White

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Current fans of the Dallas Cowboys probably know Danny White as the team's color commentator--but the old-timers will remember all the wins and playoff appearances White led the Cowboys to as their starting quarterback. He had a stellar college career at Arizona State, winning three Fiesta Bowls and being named as an All-American. Following in the tremendous footsteps of the great Roger Staubach, White led his team to several victories in the playoffs and was named to the 1982 Pro Bowl. He followed up his successful professional career by coaching in the Arena Football League, where he led teams to two championships and was named Coach of the Year.

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