Ohio's Mt. Rushmore of Sports

Updated: February 2, 2009, 6:15 PM ET
ESPN

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

Paul Brown (Miami, Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals) - The original coach of both the Browns and Bengals, Brown led the Cleveland Browns to seven NFL Championships.

Woody Hayes (Denison, Miami, Ohio State Buckeyes) - He spent his entire playing and coaching career in Ohio and led Ohio State to 1954, 1957 and 1968 National Championships.

Jack Nicklaus (Ohio State Buckeyes) - His 18 career majors are a PGA record.

Jesse Owens (Cleveland, Ohio State Buckeyes) - The four-time Olympic gold medalist is an Olympic legend.

Other standouts (even more nominees in conversation)

Johnny Bench (Cincinnati Reds) - Played entire 17-year career with Reds; member of 1975-76 World Series Championship teams

Jim Brown (Cleveland Browns) - Hall-of-Fame running back spent entire 9-year NFL career with Browns

Bob Feller (Cleveland Indians) - Hall-of-Fame pitcher spent entire 18-year career in Cleveland; statue of Feller resides outside Progressive Field

Archie Griffin (Ohio State Buckeyes, Cincinnati Bengals) - Only two-time Heisman Trophy winner

Ken Griffey Jr. (Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds) - Local high school legend, returned to play for Reds from 2000-08

John Havlicek (Martins Ferry, Ohio State Buckeyes) - 3-sport HS star; Played in 3 NCAA Title games with OSU (won 1); 8 NBA Titles w/ Celtics

LeBron James (Akron, Cleveland Cavaliers) - Led Cavaliers to only NBA Finals appearance in 2006-07 season

Bernie Kosar (Boardman, Cleveland Browns) - Led Browns to 5 straight playoff appearances in 80s; tried to purchase Browns prior to team's return to NFL in 1999

Barry Larkin (Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds) - Played for Ohio's premiere HS baseball program; led Reds to 1990 World Series Championship

Jerry Lucas (Middletown, Cincinnati Bearcats, Cincinnati Royals) - Won 76 Straight games and 2 Ohio state championships; 78-6 and won '60 NCAA Title at OSU; 15.6 RPG is NBA's 4th-best ever

Jim Thome (Cleveland Indians) - Indians all-time leader in HR (334); member of 1995 and 1997 AL Championship teams

Jim Tressel (Baldwin Wallace College, Youngstown State, Ohio State Buckeyes) - Led Ohio State to 2002 National Championship, its first since 1968

Oscar Robertson (Cincinnati Bearcats, Cincinnati Royals) - Led nation NCAA in scoring 1958-60; only NBA player to average a triple-double in a season

Pete Rose (Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds) - 3 World Series wins; Most hits in MLB history (4,256); Managed Reds from '84-89

Cy Young (Gilmore, Cleveland Spiders) - First 9 and last 2 MLB seasons in Cleveland; MLB-record 511 wins

Other potential nominees: Troy Smith, Lou Boudreau, Anthony Munoz, Mike Hargrove, Herb Score, Joe Nuxhall