Thursday, January 15, 2009
Updated: February 2, 6:39 PM ET
Alabama's Mt. Rushmore of Sports
ESPN reviewed the submissions and discussions on your state/region's conversation page. The four figures on Alabama's Sports Rushmore are below:
Hank Aaron (Mobile) -
The second all-time home run hitter with 755 career home runs made the All-Star team 21 times and was the 1957 NL MVP.
Bear Bryant (Alabama Crimson Tide) -
Bryant has the third-most wins in college football history and led Alabama to six National Championships.
Bo Jackson (Bessemer, Auburn Tigers) -
The 1985 Heisman Trophy winner is the first to ever be a MLB All-Star and an NFL Pro Bowler.
Willie Mays (Westfield) -
The Hall of Famer and two-time NL MVP played in a record 24 All-Star Games.
Other standouts (even more nominees in conversation)
Charles Barkley (Leeds, Auburn Tigers)
- 1983-84 SEC Player of the Year, 1993 NBA MVP, 2-time gold medalist
Bill France, Sr. (Talladega)
- NASCAR founder who brought NASCAR to Talladega Speedway
Willie McCovey (Mobile)
- 1969 NL MVP, led NL in HR 3 times, 1986 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee
Joe Namath (Alabama Crimson Tide)
- Led Crimson Tide to 1964 National Championship
Ozzie Newsome (Muscle Shoals, Alabama Crimson Tide)
- Caught 102 passes for 2,070 yards at Alabama, 3-time Pro Bowler, first black NFL GM
Satchel Paige (Mobile)
- Negro Leagues legend, first African-American to pitch in a World Series game
Bart Starr (Montgomery, Alabama Crimson Tide)
- 5-time NFL champion, 2-time Super Bowl champion, 2-time Super Bowl MVP
Ken Stabler (Foley, Alabama Crimson Tide)
- 1967 All-American, led ALA to undefeated 1966 season, won Super Bowl XI with OAK
John Stallworth (Tuscaloosa, Alabama A&M Bulldogs)
- All-SIAC 1972 and 1973, won 4 Super Bowls with Steelers, Pro Football Hall of Famer
Other potential nominees: John Hannah (Albertville, Alabama Crimson Tide), Pat Sullivan (Birmingham, Auburn Tigers), Early Wynn (Hartford)