Colorado's Mt. Rushmore of Sports


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

John Elway (Denver Broncos) -
The Hall of Famer finished his career with 51,475 passing yards and led the Broncos to five AFC titles and two Super Bowl victories.

Goose Gossage (Colorado Springs) -
The nine-time All-Star won the 1978 World Series and is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Joe Sakic (Colorado Avalanche) -
He spent his entire 19-year career with the Nordiques/Avalanche and is one of only 17 NHL players with 600 career goals.

Todd Helton (Colorado Rockies) -
The Rockies franchise leader in games, hits, OBP, HR, RBI also played on the 2007 NL Champion team.

Other standouts (even more nominees in conversation)

Chauncey Billups (Colorado Buffaloes, Denver Nuggets)
- '96-97 First Team Big 12, 2004 NBA Finals MVP, NBA Champion, 3-time NBA All-Star (DET)

Terrell Davis (Denver Broncos)
- Broncos' all-time leading rusher, 1998 NFL MVP, 2-time Super Bowl Champion

Jack Dempsey (Manassa)
- Became Heavyweight Champion in 1919, held belt for 7 years

Alex English (Denver Nuggets)
- Most points scored in 1980's, played on 9 DEN playoff teams, member Basketball HOF

Hale Irwin (Boulder, Colorado Buffaloes)
- 2-time All-Big 8 DB at CU; 3-time U.S. Open Champion, 20 career PGA TOUR victories

Bill McCartney (Colorado Buffaloes)
- Led Buffaloes to 1990 National Championship, winningest coach in CU history

Dan Issel (Denver Nuggets)
- Nuggets leader in Reb, 2nd in Pts, led DEN to '76 ABA Finals, in Basketball HOF

Mike Shanahan (Denver Broncos)
- Broncos head coach from 1995-2008, led DEN to 7 postseason berths and 2 Super Bowl wins

Shannon Sharpe (Denver Broncos)
- 2nd-most receiving yards ever by a TE, 7 Pro Bowls and 2 Super Bowls with DEN

Rod Smith (Denver Broncos)
- Leading receiver in Broncos' history, 2-time Super Bowl Champion

Amy Van Dyken (Englewood, Colorado State Rams)
- NCAA Swimmer of the Year in 1994, first woman to win 4 medals in one Olympics in 1996

Byron "Whizzer" White (Fort Collins, Colorado Buffaloes)
- CU's first All-American; NCAA-record 1,121 rush yards in '37; served as justice on U.S. Supreme Court

Other potential nominees: Matt Holliday (Colorado Rockies), Dikembe Mutombo (Denver Nuggets), Dan Reeves (Denver Broncos)