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Revision as of 16:10, 28 November 2011

Most sports stars are probably conservative. Here are some of the greatest:

Athlete Sport Conservatism
Tim Tebow football[1] pro-life, outspoken Christian
Ted Williams baseball (and fighter pilot) campaigned for Republicans, also criticized the media
Kurt Warner football pro-lifer who led two different underachieving teams to the Super Bowl
Zach Johnson golf won the Masters on Easter Sunday against the heavily favored Tiger Woods,[2] when he was at the peak of his career, and then gave credit to Jesus Christ
Trevor Bayne auto racing Gave credit to God for being the youngest Daytona 500 winner
Pete Sampras tennis[3]
Jim Bunning baseball Republican Senator (KY)
Jon Runyan football Republican Congressman (NJ)
Steve Largent football
Jack Kemp football
Chris Dudley basketball Republican nominee for Oregon governor
Curt Schilling baseball
Jim Ryun track Republican Congressman (KS)
J.C. Watts college football Republican Congressman (OK)
John Elway football supporter of Republican candidates
Lynn Swann football Republican candidate for governor (PA)
Jeff Suppan baseball did a pro-life ad while winning the World Series in 2006
Sandy Koufax baseball Refused to pitch in a World Series game because it fell on Yom Kippur
Billy Sunday baseball Left professional baseball and became a famous evangelist
Dan Hampton football helped lead the Chicago Bears to their 1985 Super Bowl title, but declined an invitation to an Obama White House publicity stunt
Paul Azinger golf PGA champion who criticized Obama
Jack Lynch Gaelic football and hurling (one of the greatest ever dual players) As Taoiseach, reduced taxes and thereby increased employment in Ireland
Lewis Hamilton Formula 1 outspoken Christian, describing his 2008 world championship win as "a blessing"
Michael Jones Rugby union His Christian beliefs caused him to abstain from playing or training on Sundays. Recently endorsed the conservative New Zealand National Party
Ewan Murray Rugby union Observes the Sabbath and does not play for his club (Newcastle) or country (Scotland) on Sundays.
Eric Liddell Athletics Honoured in both Scotland and China as one of their great-ever athletes, Liddell refused to run in the 1924 Olympic 100m on a Sunday. Instead, he competed in the 400m and though it was not his best event he won the gold medal. Returned to China as a missionary and was devoted to helping the sick and poor.
Gavin Peacock Football Attacking midfielder for Newcastle, Chelsea and QPR then a respected footballer commentator. From 2006, combined commentating with attending a seminary. Now training full-time for the ministry.
Diego Maradona Soccer Credited a critical goal in the 1986 World Cup to the "hand of God"

References

  1. The first college sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy, and the only quarterback to lead his team to two BCS college championships.
  2. http://www.fcagolf.org/masters-peace
  3. Winner of 14 Grand Slam singles titles.

See also