It’s natural to see them on the football field, on the basketball court or even in a church pew, but seeing these Mormon athletes on the big screen was a special treat. Here are four Mormon athletes who took a break from racing down the field to film for a movie.
1. Steve Young (BYU QB, 1980-1983)
Steve Young, a Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and current ESPN analyst, stepped into the realm of Mormon comedy to bring us this gem of a scene in the Latter-day Saint comedy, “The Singles Ward,” where he played Brother Niner, a strong advocate of marriage.
“If you like her, you better put a ring on it … quickly.”
Steve Young: Such. A. Stud. Oh, and did we mention his brief appearance on “Studio C”?
2. Merlin Olsen (Utah State defensive linemen, 1959-1961)
After a successful career as a defensive linemen for Utah State and a 14-year career in the NFL put him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Olsen took his talents to the silver screen, staring in roles in “Little House on the Prairie” from 1977 to 1981, and as the lead role in “Father Murphy” from 1981 to 1983. Merlin passed away in 2010 at the age of 69.
This is why he was part of the “Fearsome Foursome” with the L.A. Rams. Pure smash.
3. Danny Ainge (BYU guard, 1977-1981)
Ainge is just one of many all-star guards to have played for BYU. After his college career, he went on to play for the Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Portland Trailblazers and the Sacramento Kings. In between he managed to get a role in the all-time classic film, “Space Jam.” He is currently serving as president of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics.
Ainge be like, “What the heck’s going on with Patrick?”
“Enough of this passing thing — give me the ball.”
4. Shawn Bradley (BYU Center, 1990–1991)
Not only was the 7-foot 6-inch center one of the largest basketball players in NBA history, he also stared on the big screen in “Space Jam” and “The Singles Ward.”
And in case you’re still thinking of Steve Young. Enjoy.