Athletes Who Are Strong Catholics

Sports stars have a unique platform to share their faith. People look up to them and they lead very public lives, making it easy for them to get their spiritual message across. Athletes who are strong Catholics participate in a variety of charity initiatives. They also make great speakers for a variety of church functions and corporate events. 

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Bonnie Blair is one of the top speed skaters of all-time, having won five Olympic gold medals in speed skating for the United States from 1988 to 1994.  Blair was born in New York and raised in Champa...

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David Eckstein played 10 seasons in the big leagues with the Anaheim Angels, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres from 2001 to 2010.  Prior to heading to t...

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Dominique Dawes was the face of American gymnastics for nearly a decade and competed in four consecutive Olympic Games from 1992 to 2000.  In 1991 she burst onto the scene with a gold medal win in the...

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Jack Del Rio is a former NFL head coach and player. Del Rio was born in Castro Valley, California in the 1960’s and grew up playing basketball, baseball, and football all his life. Although mainly exc...

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Justin Tucker joined the Baltimore Ravens in 2012 as an amateur free agent out of the University of Texas. He signed with Texas after an impressive prep career at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas...

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Katie Ziegler is an American swimmer who competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. She was a five-time World Champion during her career. Overall, Ziegler won 15 medals in international competition. She...

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Katie Ledecky is already one of the most accomplished American swimmers of all-time. She stole the show at the 2016 Olympics, winning five medals, four of them gold. Ledecky has set world records in t...

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Kimmie Meissner is a world-class figure skater and former World Champion, Four Continents Champion and U.S. National Champion. At the time she held her championship titles she was the first lady to ho...

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Luke Kuechly is one of the best linebackers in football today.  Kuechly has been a star since his 2012 rookie season for the Carolina Panthers.  In that debut campaign, he led the NFL in tackles and w...

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Mariel Zagunis is a two-time American Olympic gold medalist in fencing.  She won gold in individual sabre at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.  Zagunis is just the second U.S. born competitor to win fencing...

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Matt Birk is a 6x Pro Bowl selection, 2x All-Pro selection and Super Bowl XLVII champion. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Birk attended Cretin-Derham Hall High School where he played football, basketball...

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Mike Piazza played 8 of his 16 major league seasons with the New York Mets, and also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics from 1992 to 2007. Duri...

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Phillip Rivers was a first round draft pick of the New York Giants in the 2004 NFL Draft out of North Carolina State University.  While playing for the Wolfpack he shattered nearly every NC State and...

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Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger is the inspiration of the 1993 movie Rudy, which is widely considered one of the top sports movies of all time. Rudy’s story begins in Joliet, IL where the 5’6” hardnosed high...

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Sean Casey was a three-time All-Star who has always been beloved in baseball circles for his colorful personality and fan-friendly nature.  Casey has parlayed that ability to connect with people...

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Simone Biles has dominated the gymnastics world in recent years.  Biles is a three-time World all-around champion and three-time U.S. all-around champion.  She also won world titles in floor...

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Timothy Goebel was a standout American figure skater. Goebel reached the pinnacle of his career in 2002 when he won the bronze medal in men's singles competition at the Olympics. He also holds the dis...

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Tom Coughlin is currently the executive vice president of the football operations with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Under Coughlin's leadership, the franchise made it back to the AFC Championship Game in...