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New Jersey's Mt. Rushmore of Sports

2/2/2009

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

Martin Brodeur (New Jersey Devils) -
The three-time Stanley Cup-winner was a four-time Vezina Award-winner and second all-time in wins with 544.

Bill Parcells (Oradell, NY Giants and Jets) -
Parcells won two Super Bowls with the Giants and finished his coaching career with 172 career wins.

Carl Lewis (Willingboro) -
Lewis is one of the most decorated Olympians ever with nine Gold Medals.

Lawrence Taylor (New York Giants) -
The leader of a Giants defense that won two Super Bowls, the Hall of Famer was a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Other standouts (even more nominees in conversation)

Rick Barry (Roselle Park)
- Scored 25,279 points in pro basketball career; won NBA title with Warriors, member of Basketball Hall of Fame

Craig Biggio (Seton Hall Pirates)
- All-American baseball player, 1st-round pick of Astros in 1987 (3,060 H in 20 seasons with Astros)

Carol Blazejowski (Cranford)
- Basketball Hall of Famer, 3-time All-American

Bill Bradley (Princeton Tigers)
- 3-time All-American, National Player of Year in 1965, led Princeton to Final 4 appearance

Pete Carrill (Princeton Tigers)
- Won 525 games, 13 Ivy League titles as men's basketball coach

Terry Dehere (Seton Hall Pirates)
- Set school record with 2,494 career points, 1993 Big East Player of the Year

Anne Donovan (Ridgewood)
- Basketball Hall of Famer, two-time Olympic gold medal winner

Franco Harris (Mount Holly)
- Pro Football Hall of Famer, helped Steelers to 4 Super Bowl wins

Jason Kidd (New Jersey Nets)
- Led Nets to 2 NBA Finals appearances in 7 seasons with team

Phil Simms (NY Giants)
- Won 2 Super Bowls with Giants in 14-year career; Super Bowl XXI MVP

Scott Stevens (New Jersey Devils)
- Hockey Hall of Famer captained Devils to 3 Stanley Cup-titles

C. Vivian Stringer (Rutgers)
- Twice coached Rutgers to women's basketball Final Four

Mo Vaughn (Seton Hall Pirates)
- Set school record with 57 HR, Red Sox 1st-round pick in 1989 (328 career MLB HR)

Joe Walcott (Merchantville)
- Was oldest heavyweight champ (record since broken by George Foreman) from '51-52

Buck Williams (New Jersey Nets)
- Nets all-time leader in points, rebounds, and games played