Austin Collie’s redemption and other Mormons in the NFL

New England quarterback Tom Brady (12) and wide receiver Austin Collie (10) run during a stretching session before practice at the team's facility in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Austin Collie has had a rough year. After concussions shortened his time in Indianapolis, Collie tried to make San Francisco’s roster but was released at the end of training camp. He was picked up by the New England Patriots Oct. 3 and released Nov. 5 when he injured his knee. He resigned with the Pats a second time Dec. 5 and was released again Dec. 27. When New England … Continue reading»

Texas' Johnathan Gray (32) runs past Texas Tech defender Tanner Jacobson (20) in a game, Nov. 28, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

What else would you like to know about Jabari Parker? The Duke freshman was recently featured in a lengthy USA Today article by Nicole Auerbach. In this article you will learn … Jabari was basically raised while playing on a basketball court (including the local LDS Church court). He spent hours watching old basketball games or NBA Hardwood Classic documentaries. He is drawing comparisons to former Duke star … Continue reading»

The return of Will Hopoate and a round up of Mormons in rugby

Will Hopoate speaks to the media after returning from his LDS mission. (Getty Images)

Will Hopoate has returned home from his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was greeted by his family and loved ones, as shown in this video report. His professional rugby club, the Parramatta Eels, wasn’t far behind. According to a report by, the 21-year-old was all smiles in his welcome back press conference with reporters. He is happy to be home, … Continue reading»

Florida twins prepare for missions

Hayden and Kyle Griffitts are planning to serve missions after high school. (Orlando Sentinel)

Twin brothers, Mormons who play high school football, were recently spotlighted in a prominent Florida newspaper. Hayden and Kyle Griffitts, originally from Utah, play football for West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Fla. The brothers were the subject of a feature article in the Orlando Sentinel last week. The article says the brothers have both received college football offers, but they have said they are planning to serve to two-year … Continue reading»

Three future missionaries and a Florida A&M Rattler

Whitney Johnson

A season-ending injury has drastically changed the long-term plans for University of New Mexico women’s basketball player Whitney Johnson. After missing all but two games of her freshman season for an ACL tear, the redshirt sophomore from Highland, Utah, suffered an Achilles tendon tear during summer workouts. Instead of watching from the bench, Johnson will serve an 18-month LDS mission in Mexico, according to the Albuquerque Journal. She … Continue reading»

Athletic sister missionaries and the return of Will Hopoate

Alexis Peterson (left) will serve her mission in Little Rock, Ark. and Alyssa Meinzer (right) will head to Cauayan in the Philippines for her mission. Photos by Daniel Ward/The Rebel Yell

A few weeks ago I wrote an article for the Deseret News about Jessica Chatman’s decision to delay her college basketball career and serve an 18-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The article also examined the impact that the mission age change is having on female college sports. In response to the article, I received an email from a man named David Peterson. … Continue reading»

Spencer and Haylie Nolen pose for a photo after a recent Saint Xavier football game. Spencer Nolen is a punter/kicker for the Cougars. (

Saint Xavier University is a four-year school located in Chicago. The school’s football team, the Cougars, plays in the NAIA’s Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. That’s where you will find Spencer Nolen. Nolen is the Cougars’ senior kicker/punter. He’s also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a returned missionary and a newly wed. A recent article by Justin Breen on chronicles Nolen’s unique … Continue reading»

Noelle Pikus-Pace react finishing the women's Bob event at the FIBT Bob & Skeleton World Cup 2013, in Russia last February. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

American skeleton racer Noelle Pikus-Pace was done. She retired after the 2010 Olympics. But a personal trial and the need to have her family close by has sparked another run at Olympic glory. Pikus-Pace recently discussed her return to the sport with USA Today. The article tells how the Utah native suffered a miscarriage in April 2012. Pikus-Pace, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day … Continue reading»

Steve Cleveland coached at BYU and Fresno State before being called as a Mormon mission president in Indiana.

Many college basketball fans will recognize the name of Steve Cleveland. Cleveland coached at BYU from 1997-2005 and Fresno State from 2005-10. He compiled a record of 216-189 and guided the Cougars to three NCAA tournament berths. He resigned from Fresno State in 2011 and became a college basketball analyst for ESPN and BYUtv. Earlier this year, Cleveland was called to be a mission president for The Church of … Continue reading»

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) dives in for a touchdown as Arizona State defensive end Gannon Conway (95) closes in during a 2012 game in Tempe, Ariz.  (AP Photo/Matt York)

One is a 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive lineman for Arizona State. The other is a 6-foot, right-handed pitcher for the Missoula Osprey, the rookie league affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Perhaps the only thing Gannon Conway and Adam Miller have in common is they both speak fluent Spanish after serving two-year missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Gannon Conway, a senior for the Sun Devils, played … Continue reading»