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Ezekiel Ansah


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Ezekiel Nana "Ziggy" Ansah  born in Ghana.  Ansah defensive end for the Detroit Lions.  Ansah played college football for Brigham Young University (BYU). The Detroit Lions picked him the first round (5th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. Ansah grew up playing soccer and had never seen American football as a youth. In addition to soccer, Ansah was also an enthusiastic basketball fan. He regularly played pickup basketball games at Golden Sunbeam Montessori School where he attended from 4th grade to 9th grade and developed his basketball interests and abilities on a turf donated by Forever Young Foundation (Steve Young). Ezekiel played on Golden Sunbeam basketball team and became the most valuable player and led his team to win many games. Because of the basketball facility of the school it drew the attention of basketball enthusiasts including missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ezekiel was later baptized a member of the church at age 18. While attending BYU Ansah worked for several years as a custodian in order to pay his tuition (he stopped working when he was awarded a scholarship his senior year

Ben Archibald   

After playing briefly with the San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints and Amsterdam Admirals, Archibald joined the Calgary Stampeders. He was named CFL's most outstanding offensive lineman in 2010. In 2011 he joined the BC Lions. Ben served a full time Mormon Mission in Tucson Arizona

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Monk Bailey (Claron Everett Bailey) Monk Bailey (Claron Everett Bailey) was born on April 22, 1938 in Moab, Utah. After going to high school at Moab (UT), Bailey attended The University of Utah. Bailey made his professional debut in the NFL in 1964 with the St. Louis Cardinals. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals for his entire 2 year career.  armchairgm.wikia.com

William "Bill" Arthur Baird

Bill Baird (born March 1, 1939 in Lindsay, California is a former American collegiate and Professional Football player. He played college football at San Francisco State University, where he was a defensive back, a halfback and a kick re turner. He played professionally in the American Football League for the New York Jets (1963-1969).

 Bill joined the LDS Church in 1976.

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John Beck



Beck's mission started way before he stepped on the football field. He was raised by a Mormon family, in a church he's devoted his life to. He knew he was going to have to eventually take two years off from football to go on a mission. "It's the most important thing in my life: my family and my religion. Football is very important to me, but I had to keep things in perspective."

So after graduating from high school, at 19, Beck traveled to Portugal for two years, learning the language in two months and began to preach his church's message. cbs4.com
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Derrell Bevell




Derrell Bevell  Offensive assistance for the Green Bay Packers,  Offensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings

Derrell is a returned missionary he served in Cleveland Ohio.

Ryon Bingham


Ryon Bingham had a breakout year in 2007, proving how well he could play when his number was called. Bingham racked up a career-high 58 tackles, played in every game and even made his first two starts. The team rewarded him for his play last December with a three-year contract extension that will keep him a Charger through the 2010 season

Robbie Bosco

Robbie Bosco played at Brigham Yong University  Bosco is a native of Roseville, California.

In 1984, he took over as starting quarterback at BYU after the graduation of Steve Young. In his first season as a starter, Bosco guided the Cougars to a perfect 13-0 record. 

Bosco was drafted into the NFL by the Green Bay Packers, but his career was cut short by an arm injury.

Stewart Bradley

With an impressive combination of size and speed, Stewart Bradley brings tremendous athleticism to the line backing corps. A third round draft choice of the Eagles in 2007, Bradley was a solid reserve linebacker and key special teams performer in his rookie campaign, finishing 2nd on the team in special teams tackles (17) and 3rd in special teams production points (257). Bradley will compete for a starting role at middle linebacker in 2008.

Scott Brumfield
Scott Brumfield

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He was born in Salt Lake city, Utah.   He played college football at Brigham Young University.   He was not drafted by an NFL team, but played with the Cincinnati Bengals in 1993-1996.

Jason Buck
He attended Ricks College and BYU. In 1986 he won the Outland Trophy as the nation's outstanding collegiate lineman. In 1987, he was chosen by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the NFL draft. In 1989, Cincinnati went to Super Bowl XXIII (23). In 1991, he joined the Washington Redskins as an unrestricted free agent. He missed half of the season with an injury but helped the Redskins win Super Bowl XXVI (26) over the Buffalo Bills. In 1993, recurrent injuries forced him to retire from football.
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Ben Cahoon

Ben Cahoon

He played college ball for Brigham Young University.  He signed with Montreal in 2002.  he was named the CFL’s Outstanding Canadian for both the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

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