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Most sports stars are probably conservative. Athletes at all levels of competition frequently praise God for giving them the strength to succeed at their sports. Here are some of the greatest:

Athlete Sport Conservatism
Tim Tebow football[1] pro-life, outspoken Christian
Philip Rivers football endorsed Rick Santorum with a strong statement on religious values
Tim Thomas Hockey A conservative, Thomas declined to attend a ceremony staged by the Obama White House after Thomas's team won the Stanley Cup.[2]
Janet Lynn figure skating[3] "Before every performance she would close her eyes and give thanks and praise to God. She believed that God had given her the gift of skating and in each performance she worked to glorify God."[3] Lynn, once the highest-paid female athlete, also has written in support of conservative values.
Ted Williams baseball campaigned for Republicans, served as a fighter pilot, and also criticized the media (which was unfair to him, even denying him the MVP when he hit over .400)
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,[4] when Woods 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[5]
Mary Lou Retton gymnastics Olympic gold medalist, delivered the Pledge of Allegiance at the 2004 Republican National Convention.
Karl Malone basketball
Jim Bunning baseball former Republican Senator (KY)
Jon Runyan football Republican Congressman (NJ)
Steve Largent football former Republican Congressman (OK)
Jack Kemp football author of Kemp-Roth tax cuts as a Republican congressman from upstate New York; was also the vice presidential Republican candidate in 1996
Drew Brees football Led the New Orleans Saints to victory in the 2009 Super Bowl--professed his belief in Jesus Christ. [6]
Chris Dudley basketball Republican nominee for Oregon governor
Curt Schilling baseball considered running for the seat previously held by Ted Kennedy
Jim Ryun track former Republican Congressman (KS)
J.C. Watts football former 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
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 a ceremony held decades later by the Obama White House.
Paul Azinger golf PGA champion who criticized Obama
Jack Lynch hurling One of the greatest ever dual players. As Taoiseach, reduced taxes and thereby increased employment in Ireland.
Lewis Hamilton auto racing outspoken Christian, describing his 2008 world championship win as "a blessing"
Doug Flutie football endorsed RINO Scott Brown
Michael Jones rugby His Christian beliefs caused him to abstain from playing or training on Sundays. Recently endorsed the conservative New Zealand National Party
Sir John Major Cricketeer who wrote More Than A Game[7] British Prime Minister, Conservative
David Icke soccer Currently best known for his outspoken opposition to attempts by liberals to control government and people's lives.
Ewan Murray rugby Observes the Sabbath and does not play for his club (Newcastle) or country (Scotland) on Sundays.
Eric Liddell track 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 soccer 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.
Jason Robinson rugby Becoming a born-again Christian enabled him to reform his troubled personal life
Josh Hamilton baseball Used to be a drug addict, then became a born-again Christian and plays major league baseball now
Novak Djokovic tennis Gives glory to God with the sign of the cross after big tennis matches

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.politico.com/politico44/2012/01/boston-bruins-goalie-snubs-president-obama-111928.html
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Considered One of the Greatest Freeskaters of All Time." [1]
  4. http://www.fcagolf.org/masters-peace
  5. Winner of 14 Grand Slam singles titles.
  6. STV Interview with Drew Brees
  7. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/3665182/A-history-of-crickets-golden-age.html Tom Fort, "A history of cricket's golden age," The Telegraph, May 17, 2007.

See also