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Top 12 Mormon NFL Players of All Time


#7: Brett Keisel

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Photo from Bleacher Report

As great as he was on the field, long-time Pittsburgh Steeler Brett Keisel will always be remembered for his legendary whiskers. His facial hair has its own Facebook page and Twitter feed and has inspired Steelers fans to simply refer to Keisel as "The Beard." However, his impact on Pittsburgh football was a lot bigger than that. After a successful college career at BYU (yes, he was clean-shaven as a Cougar), Keisel was selected in the 7th round of the 2002 NFL draft. He stayed with his team for 12 seasons, helping them win three AFC championships and two Super Bowls—XL and XLIII. Keisel was named to the Pro Bowl in 2010. 

#6: Chad Lewis

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Photo from NBC Philadelphia

Chad Lewis's mission to Taiwan ended up helping the NFL tremendously. After being undrafted out of BYU, Lewis was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles, who were unaware that they'd just picked up the man who would become one of the most accomplished tight ends in franchise history. Lewis spent a year in St. Louis, where he won a Super Bowl with the Rams, then was shipped back to the Eagles. During his second stint in Philly, Lewis was named to three Pro Bowls. He also caught the game-clinching touchdown pass in the 2005 NFC championship game, which sent his Eagles to Super Bowl XXXIX. In 2002, Lewis's mission experience and squeaky clean image prompted the NFL to send him to Taiwan to promote the league.

#5: Eric Weddle

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Photo from Fox Sports

Eric Weddle has a beard to rival Brett Keisel's and a defensive resume to rival anyone in the league's. Weddle, who converted to the Church in college, was a standout safety at the University of Utah. He was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the 2nd round of the 2007 NFL draft, and the Chargers haven't regretted that pick for one day since. Widely considered to be one of the best safeties in the NFL, Weddle has been named to three Pro Bowls and five All-Pro teams. He has consistently led his team in tackles and interceptions and will likely climb even further up this list as his career continues.

#4: Haloti Ngata

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Photo from NY Daily News

At 6'4" and 345 pounds, it's safe to say Haloti Ngata has struck fear into the heart of every offense he's ever faced. In high school, he was listed as the #2 overall prospect in the nation. He went on to become a consensus All-American at the University of Oregon and was drafted 12th overall by the Baltimore Ravens in 2006. It's only been uphill from there. Ngata has been ranked among the top 10 players in the league and has been named to five Pro Bowls. He led the Ravens to a victory in Super Bowl XLVII, but was traded to the Detroit Lions after last season. Ngata comes from an athletic family that includes his distant cousin and NBA star, Jabari Parker.

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