Monday, February 2, 2009
Updated: February 3, 5:10 PM ET
Mt. Rushmore of Sports
SportsNation nominations carved the faces of 191 people onto the 52 Mt. Rushmores of Sports.
Among the greats memorialized for each state, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., is the father-son combo of Archie and Peyton Manning, the only relatives among the honorees.
Hank Aaron and Barry Sanders, iconic figures for three states, are among 15 people chosen for more than one Mt. Rushmore. Lute Olson, Jackie Robinson, Harmon Killebrew, Michael Jordan, John Wooden, Peyton Manning, Wilt Chamberlain, Walter Payton, Brett Favre, Phil Jackson, Roberto Clemente, Brooks Robinson and Lawrence Taylor all look down from two Rushmores.
Although athletes were most popular, SportsNation also chose 39 coaches or managers. Three of the 10 coaches on SportsCentury's Greatest Coaches of the 20th Century List, John McGraw (No. 6), George Halas (No. 7) and Knute Rockne (No. 10), were omitted.
Five have current connections to ESPN: Magic Johnson, Bob Knight, Brent Musburger, Steve Young and Tom Brennan.
Missing SportsCentury notables included
Joe DiMaggio (No. 22), Joe Montana (No. 25), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (No. 26), Oscar Robertson (No. 36), Sandy Koufax (No. 42), and Julius Erving (No. 43).
Also missing were baseball's all-time home run leader, Barry Bonds; baseball's all-time wins leader, Cy Young; the NFL's all-time rushing yards leader, Emmitt Smith; and the NHL's all-time leading scorer, Wayne Gretzky.