Oregon's Mt. Rushmore of Sports


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

Steve Prefontaine (Coos Bay, Oregon Ducks) -
The legendary Prefontaine won seven NCAA long distance championships, three cross-country titles, and at the time of his death (24) held every U.S. Track & Field record from the 2,000M to the 10,000M.

Phil Knight (Oregon Ducks) -
The three-time letterman in track at the University of Oregon is also the founder and co-Chairman of Nike.

Gary Payton (Oregon State Beavers) -
The No. 2 pick in the 1990 Draft is the Oregon State all-time leader in points, steals and assists.

Clyde Drexler (Portland Trail Blazers) -
One of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players and a Hall-of-Famer, Drexler is the all-time Portland leader in points, rebounds and steals and also led the Blazers to two Finals appearances.

Other standouts (even more nominees in conversation)

Danny Ainge (Eugene)
- HS All-American in baseball, basketball and football, won 2 titles with Celtics, spent 3 seasons in MLB

Terry Baker (Portland, Oregon State Beavers)
- Baker won HS state titles in baseball, basketball and football, became first player west of Rockies to win Heisman Trophy (1962)

Bill Bowerman (Oregon Ducks)
- Oregon track coach from '48-72, compiled 117-20 record in dual meets, developed revolutionary "waffle-soled" running shoe as Nike co-founder

Dick Fosbury (Portland, Oregon State Beavers)
- Won gold medal in high jump at the 1968 Olympics with a world record 7' 4 1/2"

Dan Fouts (Oregon Ducks)
- Set 19 school records at University of Oregon; selected to 6 Pro Bowls with Chargers; 9th on all-time NFL passing yards list; Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993

Bob Lilly (Pendleton)
- HOF defensive lineman, selected to 11 Pro Bowls, won Super Bowl VI with DAL

Bobby Moore aka Ahmad Rashad (Portland, Oregon Ducks)
- 2 time All-American RB/WR; 4th overall pick in '72 draft; 4-time Pro Bowler with Vikings

Dan O'Brien (Klamath Falls)
- The 1996 Olympic Decathlon gold medalist, 3-time world champion, set world record in the event in 1992

Terry Porter (Portland Trail Blazers)
- POR career leader in assists and 3-Pt FG, made NBA Finals twice

Bill Walton (Portland Trail Blazers)
- One of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players, Basketball Hall-of-Famer, won MVP in 1977-78 and led Blazers to only NBA title in 1976-77