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As a player, he is fourth on the Tigers' all-time scoring list and still holds the record for most points in a single game 48, on Jan. He averaged Avron Fogelman: A retired real estate developer, Fogelman a Central High grad has left an indelible mark on Memphis sports. He is largely responsible for bringing pro baseball back to the Bluff City in , when the Chicks then a minor league affiliate of the Kansas City Royals were introduced. Marc Gasol: The second-longest tenured Grizzly, Gasol became a Memphian in when his older brother, Pau, joined the team.

Basketball honors in , he spent several seasons in Spain before the Lakers drafted him 48th overall in and subsequently traded his rights to the Grizzlies. The three-time All-Star, Defensive Player of the Year and "Core Four" designee was traded to the Toronto Raptors in February as the Grizzlies' franchise leader in field goals, rebounds, free throws and blocks. Pau Gasol: The only Grizzly on this list outside the "Core Four," but arguably as instrumental to the team's success as anyone.

Stephen Gostkowski: A record-breaking placekicker at Memphis from , Gostkowski also played baseball for the Tigers. You know the rest: fourth-round pick of the Patriots, three-time Super Bowl champ, four-time Pro Bowler and an NFL-record consecutive extra points made. He later coached AAU ball and helped lead East High to three state championships before being hired as head coach at Memphis.

Heisley orchestrated the Grizzlies' move from Vancouver to the Bluff City in Jude Children's Research Hospital. Claude Humphrey: A star football and basketball player at old Lester High, Humphrey was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons with the third overall pick in According to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, Johnson learned basketball from John McLendon, who played basketball at Kansas when the school's athletic director was James Naismith the inventor of the sport.

Johnson's career victories are the 21st-most in NCAA history. George Lapides: As renowned a sports journalist as there's been in Memphis, Lapides became the sports editor and columnist for the old Memphis Press-Scimitar at 27 and held the position until it closed in Lapides seemingly had a hand in all things related to sports in the Bluff City before he died in Born in Memphis in , his family moved to Ohio for eight years, returning to the Bluff City when Lawler was in high school.

After more than two decades as one of the most popular figures in Memphis wrestling during which time he notoriously feuded with comedian Andy Kaufman , Lawler signed with WWE where he worked as both an in-ring performer as well as a key member of the company's broadcast team. Tim McCarver: The Christian Brothers alum enjoyed as successful a broadcast career as he did as a player.

A member of the St. During his broadcast career, he called a then-record 23 World Series and 20 All-Star games. In , he won the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting. She is currently the head coach at Old Dominion. Micheel's approach shot on No. Three inches. In , he became just the second player ever to double eagle at the U. Opens and a Masters, and was part of three Ryder Cup-winning teams. At the time of his retirement in the early s, Middlecoff had won more money than anyone on the PGA Tour. I have always maintained that a man who is not nervous is either an idiot or has never been close enough to winning to get nervous.

Anthony Miller: The youngest person to appear on the list, Miller starred at Christian Brothers before walking on at Memphis and eventually becoming the school's all-time leading receiver. Drafted 51st overall second round by the Chicago Bears in , Miller led the team with seven touchdown catches, becoming the team's first rookie since Willie Gault with at least seven. Sputnik Monroe: A true superstar in professional wrestling when superstars were few and far between. He is credited with desegregating Ellis Auditorium in the late s after refusing to perform unless black fans were allowed to buy tickets for any seat they wanted.

Neumann averaged Michael Oher: The former five-star recruit out of Briarcrest became a household name before ever stepping foot on a national stage. The film was released just months after Oher became a first-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens. He won a Super Bowl ring with the team in He last played for the Carolina Panthers in Cindy Parlow: Born in Memphis in , the Germantown alum won the Hermann Trophy women's college soccer's equivalent of the Heisman twice at North Carolina, was a four-time All-American and a three-time national champion. She was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Perry is still the program's second-leading scorer 2, and is one of only two players in school history to score more than 2, points in his career.

The 37th overall pick in the NBA draft, Perry played in games with seven teams, including the Grizzlies.

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Allie Prescott: A star baseball player at Kinsbury a two-time Commercial Appeal All-City honoree and the paper's Player of the Year in , Prescott was a 33rd-round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles the same year. But he chose to play for Memphis State, where he earned all-Missouri Valley Conference honors as a pitcher.

He later became general manager of the Memphis Chicks and the Redbirds, and was heavily involved in getting AutoZone Park built. On May 14, , Prescott was named interim athletic director at Memphis. Thompson Prothro: Nicknamed "Doc" because the Memphis native was a practicing dentist before signing his first professional baseball contract at Prothro, who attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, managed the Memphis Chicks to four Southern Association championships , , and Prothro later became the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies and led them to a record, earning him the distinction of the worst managerial record in MLB history for anyone with at least three full seasons.

He was awarded best player in and scoring twice in the semi-final, before being sent off for retaliating to consistent fouling. Known as the "little bird", he was a great entertainer and had a colourful private life, drinking heavily throughout his life and is reported to have fathered 14 children. Twice a formula 1 world champion with Lotus, he set records at the time for most grand-prix wins and most pole positions. He was also a versatile driver, winning the Indy and the British Touring Car Championship, as well as finishing 3rd at Le Mans hour race.

He died tragically in a crash in a formula 2 race in Germany, aged just Sir Bobby Charlton inspired England to the world cup in , as well as his club Manchester United to the European Cup, scoring twice in the final. He won European player of the year in , and is still the record goalscorer for England and for Manchester United, despite playing most of his career in midfield. As a younger man, he was one of the survivors of the Munich Air Crash. Court has won more singles majors than any player in history, with 24 singles titles and a remarkable 40 doubles titles.

A devout christian, she later founded her own church and hosts a TV show on the Christian Channel.

The Russian is widely considered the best goalkeeper of all time. Nicknamed the "black spider", he is the only goalkeeper to have won the European footballer of the year, making over penalty saves in his career. He played in 4 world cups and won the olympics and European Championships. He revolutionished his position by directing defences and rushing out to meet attackers.

The Soviet gymnast won 9 Olympic gold medals, including 2 all-round, and 18 total medals, a record for more than 40 years. She won at least 2 gold medals in 3 different games , and She also won 9 World and 7 European titles, including 4 in when she was 4 months pregnant. She is credited with making the Soviet Union a dominant force in gymnastics. He inspired Holland to the final of the world cup, winning best player of the tournament in the process.

He won 9 dutch titles and 3 European Cups with Ajax and was crtical to the invention and spread of "total football", He is credited with laying the basis of Barcelona's recent success, whilst inventing the "Cruyff turn". Twice European footballer of the year, he is the only person in history to win the world cup as a captain and coach He is considered to have invented or at least mastered the Sweeper or "libero" role.

Famous for his "skyhook" shot, he remains the NBA record all-time points scorer and is 3rd on rebounds and blocks. Since retiring, he has appeared in a number of films including airplane! Nicknamed the Golden Bear, Nicklaus still holds the record for most major victories at 18, across 3 decades 60s, 70s, 80s. He had won the grand slam of all majors at just 26 years old the youngest ever. These acheivements make him widely considered as the best golfer of all time.

He scored the winning goal in 2 NHL finals for the Boston bruins, who had gone 25 years without winning before he joined. Orr was the highest paid player in the league as a rookie and gained the first NHL million dollar contract, although he retired due to injuries at just 30 years old. Spitz won 9 Olympic gold medals, including 7 in alone, a record which stood for more than 30 years. He acheived this despite reitiring at 22 years old.

He set 35 world records during his career, excelling in butterly, freestyle and medley. He became a pin-up shortly after the Olympics, whilst after joking his iconic moustache made his quicker, the Russian Swimming team adopted them. The most successful cyclist ever, the belgian won 5 Tour De Frances and 5 Giro D'Italias, as well as the world championship 3 times.

He was named the Belgian Sports figure of the 20th Century. One of the great goalscorers, Muller scored 68 goals in just 62 appearances for Germany and in German League Games including 85 goals in alone. He was top scorer at the world cup, scoring 10 times, as well as scoring the winning goal in the world cup, breaking the record for all-time world cup scorer. He also won the Daytona a record 7 times, as well as having the highest ever number of poles and top 10 finishes. Chris Evert won 18 grand slam titles, including 7 french and 6 US Open titles and reached 34 grand slam finals, an all-time record.

She finished no. However he regained the title in in the infamous Rumble in the Jungle, which he held for a further 5 years. A famous entertainer and black rights activist, he was known simply as "the greatest". Borg won 5 consecutive Wimbledon Titles and 4 consecutive French Open titles in a dominant period in the last 70s and early 80s. He won 11 Grand Slams in all, despite retiring aged just 26 as the peak of his career. He was known for his cool personality and rivalry with Mcenroe. He tried to make a comeback in the early 90s using an old-style raquet, but failed to have an influence.

Nickname "sweetness", the running back held the records for most yards, most touchdowns and most carries. He was twice MVP, 9 times pro-bowl and even made 8 touchdown passes, a record for a non-quarterback. He finally won the Superbowl with the Chicago Bears in His motto was "never die easy" and he refused to ever run out of bounds or to celebrate touchdowns. Many believe Gareth Edwards to be the greatest Rugby player ever. He had fantastic all round skills, including passing, running and kicking and he scored what many consider to the best try ever in for the Barbarians.

Comaneci was the first gymnast ever to be awarded a perfect 10 in the Olympics, which she did aged just 15 years old. She won 3 Olympic gold medals in , including the all-round and 2 more in , as well as winning 2 world and 9 Europan Championships, the first one at just 13 years old. When she get her 10, the scoreboard showed a 1, as nobody has even accounted for this possibility. Named as joint player of the century by FIFA, many believe Maradona to be the most talented soccer player ever.

He inspired Argentina to the World Cup in , winning the best player award, whilst he won Napoli their only 2 Italian championships. He is the only player to have broken the global transfer record twice. His controversial antics outside of football include cocaine bans, shooting journalists and being a close friend of Fidel Castro. He is the all-time leader in assists per game and led the league on this measure in 4 separate years.

He also won an Olympic gold medal with the infamous "dream team" in His career ended early after announcing he had contracted HIV and has since been an ardent campaginer against the disease. Widely considered the best Ice Hockey player of all time, he is the all-timeNHL record points, goals and assists scorer having more assists than any other player has points!

He won an incredible 9 MVPs, is the only player to have scored points in a season, something he did 4 times. He won a total of 4 stanley cups with the Oilers and holds more than 60 NHL records.

A fearless and aggressive batsman, Richards was voted one of the 5 players of the century. He was also rated by Widen the best One Day player of all time and the 3rd best test batsman.

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Remarkably he played his entire 18 year career without once wearing a helmet. He was also famous for punishing bowlers who insulted him on the field, leading many opposing captains to enforce silence. The French midfielder won the European player of the year for 3 years running iand led France to 2 world cup semis and a European Championship in In that year, he was named best player and was top scorer, still holding the record number of goals in the competition, despite only playing in one and being a midfielder. Named as the best volleyball player ever by FIVB, he is the only player to win OIympic gold medals at both beach and indoor Volleyball and He also won 3 national College Indoor Championships and has won more tournaments than any other player at Beach Volleyball, including wins in 24 separate seasons and with 16 partners.

Navaratilova won 18 Grand Slam singles and a record 41 doubles titles, including 9 Wimbledon Singles titles. She was number 1 in singles fori 7 years in total, whilst being number 1 in doubles for 5 years. Famous for his coolness under pressure, he led his teams to over 30 4th quarter comebacks and famously throw last minute touchdown passes for the championship and superbowl in The Brazilian playmaker is considered one of the most skilful passers and finishers ever, winning 3 South American footballer of the year awards finishing 2nd twice more and 4 Brazilian Championships.

He led Brazil into 3 world cups, but despite being the talisman of one of the best ever teams in , he famously didn't win any. He went more than 60 competitions unbeaten at Long Jump over a 10 year period and still holds the indoor world record. He is a vegan who attributes some of his later success to his diet. He also won 3 European and 1 world player of the Year. In total, he scored more than goals, despite having to retire with injuries aged just 28 years old.

He was part of the great Milan side which went a whole season unbeaten. Considered by many the greatest defensive player in history, the NY Giants linebacker won 2 superbowls. He won a record 3 consecutive defensive player of the years and one league MVP, with 7 consecutive years of double-digit sacks. He was addicted to cocaine for much of his career and often hired prostitutes for opposing team players the night before games to try to tire them out. He won a record 51 Grand Prix, a record that stood for 14 years. He was famous for his fierce rivalry with Ayrton Senna, particularly when they were teammates with Mclaren.

Prost was nicknamed the "proffessor" for his intellectual approach to racing and later founded his own F1 "Prost" team. University of Oregon Special Collections. Bill Bowerman, track and field coach, Oregon Ducks Bill Bowerman had vision, drive, creativity and the ability to inspire, establishing a track and field tradition at Oregon unlike any other.

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His teams won four national track and field titles. He coached 33 Olympians and 64 All-Americans. His statue stands at a bend in the track at Hayward Field known as the Bowerman Curve. Why we miss him : Bowerman, who went on to co-found the company that eventually became Nike, was an inventor and innovator. His Waffle Trainer shoes and other innovations in equipment and training are recognized as significant advancements in the sport.

Doug Beghtel The Oregonian. Dewey Sullivan, football coach, Dayton High School Dewey Sullivan is the winningest high school football coach in Oregon high school history. He guided the Pirates to a record and five state titles in 42 seasons at Dayton. At one point, Dayton reached the playoffs 30 times in 31 seasons. Why we miss him : There are a handful of programs that became identified with their head coaches, this was one of them. Dayton and Dewey Sullivan were synonymous. He was part of that community's fabric and his legacy continues even after his death in Robin Loznak The News-Review.

Thurman Bell, football coach, Roseburg High School Why we miss him : Bell, like Sullivan was among the last of their kind — coaches and teams closely identified with their football teams and the community. Several current Oregon high school football coaches learned the game under Bell are now coaching around the state and attribute their knowledge and success as coaches to what they learned from coach Bell. Mouse Davis, coach, Portland State Vikings ; Davis was a run-and-shoot guru who nurtured the unconventional offense that made quarterbacks like June Jones and Neil Lomax into stars.

Why we miss him : Davis was an original, and the wide-open offense he helped develop is a lasting legacy. Brent Wojahn The Oregonian. Pokey Allen, football coach, Portland State Vikings Pokey Allen was a character, a goofy guy who played the role to perfection in crazy TV ads. He once bet his paycheck that the Vikings would average 10, or more in attendance — and won, but just barely.

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Why we miss him : He brought to the Vikings an exciting brand of football and even let fans call plays during games. He went on to revive the program at Boise State before he died of cancer in Rob Schumacher The Associated Press. Neil Lomax, quarterback, Portland State Vikings Why we miss him : Lomax was the star of the Vikings' highlight-reel offense in those days, foreshadowing a nine-year NFL career where he was among the elite quarterbacks of his era.

Tom Treick The Oregonian. Jonathan Smith, quarterback, Oregon State Beavers But he was a leader, using his toughness, smarts and the rest of his intangibles to become one of the most successful quarterbacks in Oregon State history. A four-year starter, the highlight of his Beavers career came in , when he led Oregon State to an record and was named the MVP of the Fiesta Bowl. Why we miss him : Smith minimized his weakness and parlayed his strengths to lead the team to one of the best seasons in program history.

Motoya Nakamura The Oregonian. Steven Jackson, running back, Oregon State Beavers Steven Jackson started his Oregon State career as a backup to Ken Simonton, but when he got his chance, he showed flashes of greatness, averaging 5. He exploded the following season for 1, yards and 15 touchdowns, then backed that up in his final season, rushing for 1, yards and 19 touchdowns.

Why we miss him : Jackson was an all-purpose back, a guy who could run every down or catch passes out of the backfield a balance that gave opponents serious matchup problems. He was one of the first major recruits the Beavers were able to land as the program rose to prominence. Ken Simonton, running back, Oregon State Beavers Why we miss him : Simonton was a true leader.

A versatile and clever back who also possessed power and durability. He had the ability to take over games and helped boost the Beavers from the conference basement to the top of the Pac Steding was named the player of the year as a senior for the Lakers, when she averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds. She helped lead the Lakers to the semifinals in , and , making the all-tournament first team each year. In a playoff win over Crescent Valley as a sophomore, she scored 36 points.

Gregory Payan The Associated Press. Randy Couture, assistant wrestling coach, Oregon State Beavers He served in the U. Army and was a college wrestling star at Oklahoma State. Why we miss him : Couture is as tough as any athlete to come through Oregon, talented enough to earn a spot on the Army's Greco-Roman team despite never competing in that style of wrestling. Kevork Djansezian The Associated Press. Tiffeny Milbrett, soccer, University of Portland Pilots , Tiffeny Milbrett, a striker, won a laundry list of awards in her brilliant college career at the University of Portland after starring at Hillsboro High School.

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Among them, she was named Soccer America's Freshman Soccer Player of The Year in and in , she led her team with 21 goals and six assists. In , her 30 goals and 12 assists placed her second among the nation's scorers, and in , she helped her team reach the soccer Final Four, making the All-Tournament Team. A mainstay with the U. Women's National Team, she won a gold medal in the Olympics and led the team to the World Cup. She earned caps and scored goals including seven in three World Cups and five in two Olympic games and added 64 assists only Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Abby Wambach have more.

Michael Lloyd The Oregonian. Rich Brooks, football coach, Oregon Ducks Rich Brooks took over a lackluster Oregon Ducks football team in and built a program that he eventually led to the Rose Bowl in his final season in He started with a program that had one winning season in the previous 12 and had made a home around the bottom of the Pacific Conference. Why we miss him : Brooks builds winning programs. After he left the Rams, they went on to finish the season by winning the Super Bowl. He took over a Kentucky program on probation and left it after taking the team to four consecutive bowl games.

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