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More and more members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are serving 2-year missions and returning to compete at the highest levels of professional sports. This is a list of 65 current and past Latter-day Saint athletes who served missions and played in the NBA, NFL MLB and other professional sports leagues. The list was compiled in connection with Sports Illustrated's cover story on Jabari Parker, who is considering serving a mission. If you think of someone we have missed, we invite you to email us at mormontimes@desnews.com.

Shawn Bradley
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Played for the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets, and the Dallas Mavericks from 1993 to 2005.

Served in Australia.

Devin Durrant
BYUbasketball.com

Played one season with the Indiana Pacers and briefly with the Phoenix Sun from 1984 to 1985.

Served in Madrid, Spain, and currently serving as a mission president in Dallas, Texas.

Josh Grant
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Played for the Golden State Warriors from 1993 to 1994.

Served in London, England.

Travis Hansen
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Played for the Atlanta Hawks from 2003 to 2004.

Served in Santiago, Chile.

Britton Johnsen
Associated Press

Played for the Orlando Magic and Indiana Pacers in 2004.

Served in Texas.

Mark Madsen
Associated Press

Played for the L.A. Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves from 2000 to 2009.

Served in Spain.

Michael Smith
Associated Press

Played for the Boston Celtics and L.A. Clippers from 1989 to 1991 and 1995.

Served in Argentina.

Andy Toolson
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Played for the Utah Jazz from 1990 to 1991.

Served in Concepcion, Chile.

Brian Banks
Associated Press

Played for the Milwaukee Brewers and Florida Marlins from 1996 to 2003.

Served in Seattle, Wash.

McKay Christensen
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Played for Chicago White Sox, L.A. Dodgers and N.Y. Mets from 1999 to 2002.

Served in Japan.

Jeremy Guthrie
Associated Press

Played for the Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles and Colorado Rockies from 2004 to present.

Served in Spain.

Matt Lindstrom
Associated Press

Played for Florida Marlins, Houston Astros, Colorado Rockies and the Baltimore Orioles from 2007 to present.

Served in Sweden.

Dale Murphy
Associated Press

Played for the Altanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and Colorado Rockies from 1976 to 1993.

Served as mission president in Boston, Mass., following his career.

Gary Johnson
Associated Press

Played for the Anaheim Angels in 2003.

Served in Spain.

Scott Nielsen
Bleacher Report

Played for the N.Y. Yankees and Chicago White Sox in 1986, 1988-1989.

Served in Argentina.

Sid Going
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Played for the New Zealand All-Blacks from 1967 to 1977.

Served in Canada and later in Australia.

B.J. Flores
Associated Press

A professional boxer since 2003, Flores has compiled a record of 27-1-1. He is also a mixed martial artist.

Served in Mexico.

Bruce Summerhays
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After 16 years on the Champions Tour, the pro golfer and his wife Carolyn are presiding over the Florida Tampa Mission.

Ben Archibald
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Played for the New Orleans Saints, the Calgary Stampeders and the British Columbia Lions from 2005 to present.

Served in Tucson, Ariz.

John Beck
Associated Press

Played for the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins from 2007 to 2011. Just signed with the Houston Texans.

Served in Lisbon, Portugal.

Ben Cahoon
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Played for the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes from 1998 to 2010.

Served in Philadelphia, Penn.

Austin Collie
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Played for the Indianapolis Colts from 2009 to present.

Served in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

John Denney
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Has played for the Miami Dolphins from 2005 to present (seen middle, No. 97).

Served in New Jersey.

Ryan Denney
Associated Press

Played for the Buffalo Bills and Houston Texans from 2002 to 2010.

Served in Argentina.

Brandon Doman
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Played for the San Francisco 49ers from 2002-2004.

Served in Bahia Blanca, Argentina.

Max Hall
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Played for the Arizona Cardinals from 2010 to 2011.

Served in Iowa.

Tim Hanshaw
The Spokesman-Review

Played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1995 to 1998.

Served in Stockholm, Sweden.

Chris Hoke
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Played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2001 to 2011.

Served in Belgium and France.

Dustin Johnson
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Played for the Seattle Seahawks in 1999.

Served in Brisbane, Australia.

Steve Kaufusi
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Played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1989 to 1990.

Served in Nukualofa, Tonga.

Bryan Kehl
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Played for the N.Y. Giants and the St. Louis Rams from 2008 to 2011. Just signed with the Washington Redskins.

Served in Toronto, Canada.

Ed Kehl
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Played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and had stints with the Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers from 1999 to 2002.

Served in Fresno, Calif.

Chad Lewis
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Played for the Philadelphia Eagles and the St. Louis Rams from 1997 to 2005.

Served in Taichung, Taiwan.

Trevor Matich
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Played for the New England Patriots, Detroit Lions, N.Y. Jets, Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins from 1985 to 1996.

Served in Torreon, Mexico.

Itula Mili
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Played for the Seattle Seahawks from 1998 to 2007.

Served in New Zealand.

Spencer Nead
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Played for the St. Louis Rams in 2004.

Served in Omaha, Neb.

David Nixon
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Played for the Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans, St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins from 2009 to 2011.

Served in Quito, Ecuador.

Bart Oates
Bleacher Report

Played for the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars, N.Y. Giants, and San Francisco 49ers from 1983 to 1995.

Served in Las Vegas, Nev.

Craig Patterson
Arizona Cardinals

Played for the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals from 1990 to 1991.

Served in Hawaii.

Dennis Pitta
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Has played for Baltimore Ravens from 2010 to present.

Served in Dominican Republic

Brady Poppinga
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Played for the Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Rams from 2005 to present.

Served in Uruguay.

Lance Reynolds
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Played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1978.

Served in Seattle, Wash.

Vai Sikahema
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Played for the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, and Philadelphia Eagles from 1986 to 1993.

Served in South Dakota.

Naufahu Tahi
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Played for the Cincinnati Bengals, Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars from 2006 to present.

Served in Jacksonville, Fla.

John Tait
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Played for the Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears from 1999 to 2008.

Served in Tennessee.

Manase Tonga
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Played for Oakland Raiders from 2010 to present.

Served in San Pedro, Honduras.

Fui Vakapuna
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Played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2009 to 2010.

Served in Carlsbad, Calif.

Christian Cox
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Played with the New England Patriots in 2011.

Served in Brazil.

Andy Bowers
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Played for the Arizona Cardinals from 2001 to 2002.

Served in Denmark.

Kurt Haws
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Played for Washington Redskins in 1994.

Served in Venezuela.

Paul Kruger
Associated Press

Played for the Baltimore Ravens from 2009 to the present.

Served in Independence, Mo.

Sione Pouha
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Played for the N.Y. Jets from 2005 to present.

Served in Pittsburgh, Penn.

Spencer Toone
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Played for the Tennessee Titans in 2006.

Served in Australia.

Kevin Curtis
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Played for the St. Louis Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans from 2003 to 2011.

Served in London, England.

Shawn Murphy
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Played for the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, and Denver Broncos from 2008 to 2011.

Served in Brazil.

Mark Asper
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Was recently selected by the Buffalo Bills in the 2012 NFL draft.

Served in Spain.

Brandon Bair
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Played for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011.

Served in Florida.

Kirk Chambers
Associated Press

Played for the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons from 2004 to 2011.

Served in Berlin, Germany.

Greg Clark
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Played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1997 to 2001 (seen right, No. 87).

Served in Chile.

J.D. Folsom
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Played for the Miami Dolphins from 2009 to 2010.

Served in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

David Hale
espn.go.com

Played for the Baltimore Ravens from 2008 to 2010.

Served in the Dominican Republic.

Mark Harris
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Played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1996 to 1999 (seen left holding the football).

Served in Spain.

Spencer Larsen
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Played for the Denver Broncos from 2008 to 2011; recently signed with the New England Patriots.

Served in Chile.

Paul Madsen
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Recently signed as an undrafted free agent with the Buffalo Bills.

Served in Texas.

Edwin Mulitalo
Associated Press

Played for the Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions from 1999 to 2008.

Served in Idaho.

Marvin Philips
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Played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills from 2006 to 2009.

Served in the Dakotas.

Will Tukafu
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Played for the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers from 2010 to present.

Served in Jamaica.