Louisiana's Mt. Rushmore of Sports


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

Terry Bradshaw (Shreveport, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs) -
The first pick in the 1970 draft, Bradshaw won four Super Bowls for the Pittsburgh Steelers before being inducted in the Hall of Fame.

Pete Maravich (LSU Tigers, New Orleans Jazz) -
The Hall of Famer is college basketball's all-time leading scorer.

Shaquille O'Neal (LSU Tigers) -
The 1991-92 AP National Player of the Year was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft.

Bill Russell (Monroe) -
Russell led the Celtics to 11 NBA championships, was the first African-American head coach in NBA history and was a 1975 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee.

Other standouts (even more nominees in conversation)

Skip Bertman (LSU Tigers)
- Led LSU to 5 national championships over 10-season span (1991-2000)

Mel Blount (Southern Jaguars)
- Steelers' 3rd-round pick in 1970 NFL draft, 1989 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee

Lou Brock (Southern Jaguars)
- SWAC batting champion, 1985 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee

Billy Cannon (LSU Tigers)
- 1959 Heisman Trophy winner, 89-yard punt return was GW TD vs Ole Miss in '59 is still regarded as one of greatest plays in school history

Dale Brown (LSU Tigers)
- 2 Final Four appearances, 4 SEC championships, 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, winningest coach in LSU history

Marshall Faulk (New Orleans)
- Football and track star at George Washington Carver HS in New Orleans, 2nd overall pick in 1994 NFL draft, 2000 NFL MVP

Rickey Jackson (New Orleans Saints)
- 6-time Pro Bowler, 115 sacks in 23 seasons with Saints

Bert Jones (Shreveport, LSU Tigers)
- Regarded by many as the best QB in LSU history, 2nd pick in '73 NFL draft, 1976 NFL MVP

Karl Malone (Summerfield, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs)
- 13th overall pick in 1985 NBA draft

Archie Manning (New Orleans Saints)
- 2-time Pro Bowl selection as Saints QB (1978, '79)

Eli Manning (New Orleans)
- No. 1 picks in '04 NFL Draft; Won Super Bowl XLII

Peyton Manning (New Orleans)
- No. 1 pick in 98 draft; 3-time AP NFL MVP; Won Super Bowl XLI

Willis Reed (Hico, Grambling State Jaguars)
- 8th overall pick in 1964 NBA draft by NYK, 1969-70 NBA MVP, 1982 Basketball HOF inductee

Eddie Robinson (Grambling State Tigers)
- Was college football's all-time winningest coach at time of retirement