Pennsylvania's Mt. Rushmore of Sports


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

Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia, Philadephia Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers) -
Wilt the Stilt was the most statistically dominant player in NBA history.

Roberto Clemente (Pittsburgh Pirates) -
The Hall of Famer was a 12-time All-Star and was the 1966 NL MVP and 1971 World Series MVP.

Joe Paterno (Penn State) -
He's the winningest coach in major college football history.

Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins) -
Currently the Penguins owner, Lemieux is one of the greatest hockey players of all time. He won two Stanley Cups, three Hart Trophies, six Art Ross Trophies and two Conn Smythe Trophies.

Other standouts (even more nominees in conversation)

Rocky Balboa (Fictional boxer from Philadelphia)
- Developed into figure of hard-nosed Philadelphia sports teams

Terry Bradshaw (Pittsburgh Steelers)
- Quarterbacked Steelers to 4 Super Bowl wins

Steve Carlton (Philadelphia Phillies)
- 1st pitcher to win 4 Cy Young awards

Julius Erving (Philadelphia 76ers)
- Won 1983 NBA title, revolutionized above-the-rim game

Joe Frazier (Philadelphia)
- Former world heavyweight boxing champion; 1st pro boxer to defeat Ali

Josh Gibson (Pittsburgh)
- Believed to have hit 800 home runs in 17 Negro League seasons

Joe Greene (Pittsburgh Steelers)
- Won 4 Super Bowls as star of Steel Curtain defense

Larry Holmes (Easton)
- Made 20 straight heavyweight title defenses from 1978-83

Dan Marino (Pittsburgh, Pitt)
- Retired holding nearly every major NFL passing record

Chuck Noll (Pittsburgh Steelers)
- Steelers head coach from 1969-91; Only head coach to win 4 Super Bowls

Arnold Palmer (Latrobe)
- 62 PGA TOUR wins, including 7 majors

Mike Schmidt (Philadelphia Phillies)
- 548 career home runs, 10 gold gloves, won 1980 World Series

Jim Thorpe (Carlisle) - AP's top athlete of first half of 20th Century played HS sports in Carlisle

Reggie White (Philadelphia Eagles)
- 124 sacks in 8 seasons with Eagles

Others to consider: Richie Ashburn, Charles Barkley, Chuck Bednarik, Bobby Clarke, Brian Dawkins, Tony Dorsett, Franco Harris, Bernard Hopkins, Allen Iverson, Jaromir Jagr, Harry Kalas, Joe Namath, Joe Montana, Willie Stargell, Johnny Unitas, Honus Wagner