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Montana's Mt. Rushmore of Sports

2/2/2009

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

Robert "Evel" Knievel (Butte) -
The daredevil motorcycle jumper often jumped buses, cars and trucks. He famously attempted to clear Snake River Canyon in 1974.

Brent Musburger (Big Timber) -
A legendary play-by-play man and studio host for over 30 years in a variety of sports ranging from football, basketball, baseball, golf, and NASCAR.

Dave McNally (Billings) -
He won 20-plus games in four consecutive seasons (1968-71) and pitched in four World Series with the Baltimore Orioles.

Phil Jackson -
The coach of nine NBA Finals champions, Jackson also enjoyed a 12-year NBA career.

Other standouts (even more nominees in conversation)

Shannon Cate (Billings, Montana Grizzlies)
- Montana's all-time leading scorer in women's basketball history, 2nd all-time leading scorer in Big Sky history

Scott Davis (Great Falls)
- Won back-to-back U.S. Figure Skating championships in 1993-94

Dave Dickenson (Great Falls, Montana Grizzlies)
- Led Montana to the 1995 Division I-AA national championship, 2000 CFL MVP with the Calgary Stampeders

Tim Hauck (Butte, Montana Grizzlies)
- 2-time All-American safety in 1988-89, played 13 seasons in the NFL

Larry Krystkowiak (Missoula, Montana Grizzlies)
- Montana's all-time leading scorer and rebounder in men's basketball, only player in Big Sky history to win conference MVP three times

Ryan Leaf (Great Falls)
- Led Washington State to the 1998 Rose Bowl, the Cougars' first Rose Bowl appearance in 67 years, finished 3rd for the 1997 Heisman Trophy

Dan Mortensen (Billings)
- All-around Rodeo world champion in 1997, 6-time world saddle bronc champion in 1993-95, 1997-98 and 2003

Micheal Ray Richardson (Montana Grizzlies)
– 4-time NBA all-star, led the NBA in steals in 4 of his 8 NBA seasons

Jan Stenerud (Montana State Bobcats)
- Norwegian came to U.S. on ski-jumping scholarship but joined football team as a dedicated kicker. Played 19 NFL/AFL seasons

Joe Tiller (Montana State Bobcats)
- Tackle at Montana St; Drafted by AFL's Boston Patriots in 1964; Winningest football coach at Purdue

Lones Wigger (Great Falls)
- 3-time Olympian in rifle shooting winning 3 medals (2 gold, 1 silver), has set 29 world records in international competition