Jehovah's Witnesses is a Christian denomination known for its door-to-door evangelism and rejection of blood transfusions. While not a large religious group, it has attracted some notable followers over the years, including a few former NBA players.
One of the most prominent ex-NBA players who is a Jehovah's Witness is Danny Granger. Granger was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and played for the Indiana Pacers from 2005 to 2014. During his NBA career, Granger was known for his scoring prowess and was named an All-Star in 2009.
Throughout his time in the league, Granger was open about his faith as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. He frequently spoke about how his beliefs helped keep him focused and grounded amid the fame and pressures of the NBA lifestyle. Granger avoided things like celebrations of holidays and birthdays that went against his faith's teachings.
In a 2010 interview with the Indianapolis Star, Granger commented: "I'm not afraid to say I'm a Jehovah's Witness. This is what I believe in. I believe in God, and I believe that everything happens for a reason."
After retiring from the NBA, Granger remained an active Jehovah's Witness as a convention speaker and through philanthropic work with his foundation. His story highlights how religious devotion can thrive even within the high-profile world of professional sports.