North Dakota's Mt. Rushmore of Sports

ESPN reviewed the submissions and discussions on your state/region's conversation page. The four figures on North Dakota's Sports Rushmore are below:

Roger Maris (Fargo) -
The two-time AL MVP broke Babe Ruth's single-season HR record in 1961.

Darin Erstad (Jamestown) -
The multi-talented Erstad punted for Nebraska's 1994 National Championship team and then went on to play Major League Baseball where he became a two-time MLB All-Star and three-time Gold Glover.

Phil Jackson (Williston) -
Jackson has won nine NBA titles as head coach and spent 12 seasons as a player in the NBA.

Lute Olson (Grand Forks) -
The two-time National Coach of the Year won the 1997 National Championship at Arizona.

Other standouts (even more nominees in conversation)

Dean Blais (North Dakota Fighting Sioux)
- Best win pct in school history, 2-time Coach of the Year, 2 Nat'l Championships

Brooks Bollinger (Grand Forks)
- 4-year starter at Wisconsin; In NFL since 2003

Ben Cherski (North Dakota Fighting Sioux)
- UND all-time leader in career goals and hat tricks

John "Gino" Gasparini (North Dakota Fighting Sioux)
- Winningest coach in school history, '86-'87 Coach of the Year, 3 Nat'l Championships

Travis Hafner (Jamestown)
- 147 career HR in 7 MLB seasons, hit 42 HR in 2006

Phil Hansen (Oakes, North Dakota State)
- Won 2 D-II titles at NDSU; set school record with 41 sacks; 11 NFL seasons with Bills

Tony Hrkac (North Dakota Fighting Sioux)
- Most points scored in a season in NCAA history, led Sioux to 1987 Nat'l Championship

Jim Kleinsasser (Carrington, North Dakota Fighting Sioux)
- Gatorade Circle of Champions North Dakota Player of Year twice; In NFL since '99

Cliff Purpur (Grand Forks, North Dakota Fighting Sioux)
- First North Dakotan to play in NHL, 60 points in 5 NHL seasons, Coached UND 7 seasons

Other potential nominees: Andy Heck (Fargo), Pete Retzlaff (Ellendale)