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Texas' Mt. Rushmore of Sports

2/2/2009

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

Lance Armstrong (Austin) -
The international symbol of cancer survival won 7 straight Tour de France titles ('99-05).

Earl Campbell (Tyler, Texas Longhorns, Houston Oilers) -
The Texas running back won the 1977 Heisman Trophy and went on to five Pro Bowls with the Houston Oilers.

Tom Landry (Mission, Dallas Cowboys) -
He led the Cowboys to five NFC titles and two Super Bowl victories in 29 seasons as head coach.

Nolan Ryan (Alvin, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers) -
The flame thrower threw the most no-hitters (7) and K's all-time (5,714) while also setting the single-season record for Ks (383, 1973).

Other standouts (even more nominees in conversation)

Troy Aikman (Dallas Cowboys)
- Cowboys' QB led team to 3 Super Bowl titles; Pro Football Hall-of-Famer

Sammy Baugh (Temple, TCU Horned Frogs)
- 2-time All-American at TCU; Credited for making forward pass integral in NFL offense

Roger Clemens (San Jacinto College, Texas Longhorns, Houston Astros)
- 25-7 in two All-American seasons at UT (won '83 CWS); 38 of 354 MLB wins with Astros

Babe Didrikson Zaharias (Beaumont)
- Voted by AP as the Female Athlete of the first half of the 20th century

Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs)
- Led San Antonio Spurs to 4 NBA Championships

George Foreman (Marshall)
- Olympic gold medalist, 2-time world heavyweight champion

A.J. Foyt (Houston,
- Only driver to win Indy 500 (4x), Daytona 500, 24 Hours of Daytona & 24 Hours of Le Mans

Ben Hogan (Fort Worth)
- One of 5 golfers to win all 4 Majors in career, 4th all-time in PGA TOUR wins

Rogers Hornsby (Winters)
- .358 career BA is 2nd all-time behind Ty Cobb; Won 2 Triple Crowns in 23 MLB seasons

Jack Johnson (Galveston)
- First African-American to hold world heavyweight boxing title

Michael Johnson (Dallas, Baylor Bears)
- Won 4 Olympic golds, 9-time world champion; 200m record (19.32) stood for 12+ yrs

Carl Lewis (Houston Cougars)
- Won 10 Olympic medals (9 golds); 1st athlete to win two events at an NCAA championship

Byron Nelson (Waxahachie)
- 5-time major winner; 52 PGA Tour wins (6th all-time); Won 11 straight events in 1945

Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Cougars, Houston Rockets)
- NBA All-time leading shot blocker led Rockets to 2 NBA titles

Emmitt Smith (Dallas Cowboys)
- NFL's all-time leading rusher won 3 Super Bowls with Cowboys

Roger Staubach (Dallas Cowboys)
- Cowboys' QB for victories in Super Bowl VI and XII, Pro Football Hall-of-Famer

Sheryl Swoopes (Brownfield, Texas Tech Lady Raiders, Houston Comets)
- NCAA title at TTU; First WNBA player (3-time MVP); 4 WNBA Titles; 3 Olympic gold medals

Darrell Royal (Texas Longhorns)
- Led Longhorns to 3 national championships, won or shared 11 SWC championships

Lee Trevino (Dallas)
- Popular golfer won 6 major titles and was 17-7-6 in six Ryder Cups

Doak Walker (Dallas, SMU Mustangs)
- 1948 Heisman Trophy winner, 5-time Pro-Bowler, Pro Football Hall-of-Famer

Others deserving consideration: Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Clyde Drexler, Joe Greene and Vince Young