Kentucky's Mt. Rushmore of Sports

Updated: February 2, 2009, 6:54 PM ET
ESPN

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

Muhammad Ali (Louisville) - The three-time World Heavyweight Champion was an Olympic gold medalist and SI's "Sportsman of the Century."

Rick Pitino (Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals) - He took Kentucky to Back-to-back title games and won a National Championship in 1996.

Adolph Rupp (Kentucky Wildcats) - Rupp finished his career with 876 wins (3rd most all-time) and led the Wildcats to four NCAA titles and one NIT title.

Secretariat (Buried in Paris) - The 1972 and '73 Horse of the Year was ranked 35th among the greatest athletes of 20th century by ESPN.

Other standouts (even more nominees in conversation)

Eddie Arcaro (Newport) - Only jockey to win Triple Crown twice and was Citation's jockey

George Blanda (Kentucky Wildcats)  12 TD last two seasons at UK, 236 TD in 26-yr NFL career, member Pro Football HOF

Denny Crum (Louisville Cardinals) - UL coach for 30 seasons, won '80 and '86 National Titles, Led UL to 6 Final Fours

Pervis Ellison (Louisville Cardinals)  Led UL to '86 Nat'l Title, named Most Outstanding Player, No. 1 pick in 1989 Draft

Cliff Hagan (Owensboro, Kentucky Wildcats) - 2-time All-American, 10 seasons in NBA; served as UK Athletics Director for 13 years

Paul Hornung (Louisville) Won 1956 Heisman Trophy, won 4 NFL Championships (and Super Bowl I), 1961 NFL MVP

Dan Issel (Kentucky Wildcats, Kentucky Colonels) - Set UK scoring and rebounding records, led Colonels to ABA title in 1975, 5-time All-Star with Colonels, member Basketball HOF

Mary T. Meagher (Louisville) - Won 3 swimming golds in '84 Olympics. Her 1981 world records in 100m and 200m butterfly would each stand until 1999

Pee Wee Reese (Ekron)  Led Brooklyn Dodgers to seven pennants, won 1955 World Series; 10-time All Star; member Baseball HOF

Pat Riley (Kentucky Wildcats) - Led Wildcats to National Title game in 1966 as player, won 5 NBA titles as coach, 3-time NBA coach of the Year, 1,210 all-time wins (3rd all-time)

Phil Simms (Lebanon, Morehead State Eagles) - Led NYG to 2 Super Bowls, Super Bowl XXI MVP, 33,462 Pass yards, commentator for CBS

Johnny Unitas (Louisville Cardinals) - 2,912 pass yards and 27 Pass TD at UL, Led Colts to 3 NFL titles, 2-time MVP, member Pro Football HOF

Wes Unseld (Louisville Cardinals) - '69 Rookie of Year and MVP, 2-time All-American, Led Bullets to 1978 NBA title

Darrell Waltrip (Owensboro) - Won Cup points title 3 times (1981, 1982, 1985); won 84 races and 1989 Daytona 500.

Matt Winn (Louisville) - Credited with making Kentucky Derby what it is today, Former President of Churchill Downs Racetrack

Notable Horses from Kentucky: Citation (Lexington) - 8th horse to win Triple Crown of racing, Won 32 races overall, including a 16 in a row

Man O'War (Lexington) - Won 20 of 21 races, Won Preakness and Belmont and did not race in Kentucky Derby