ESPN reviewed the submissions and discussions on your state/region's conversation page. The four figures on Connecticut's Sports Rushmore are below:
Jim Calhoun (Connecticut Huskies) -
The Hall of Famer has won two NCAA Men's Basketball titles.
Chris Drury (Trumbull/Fairfield Prep) -
The multi-talented Drury pitched Trumbull to an upset win in the 1989 Little League World Series. As a hockey player he led Boston University to an NCAA title and went on to win a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche.
Geno Auriemma (Connecticut Huskies) -
Won five NCAA Women's Basketball titles and is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Walter Camp -
Born in New Britain, he is considered "The Father of American Football."
Other standouts (even more nominees in conversation)
Ray Allen (Connecticut Huskies)
- 2nd in NBA history in 3-Pt FG; 1996 1st-Team All-American & Big East Player of the Year
Jeff Bagwell (Killingworth/Xavier High School, Hartford Hawks, New Britain Red Sox)
- 1991 NL ROY, 1994 NL MVP, career .297 BA and 449 HR in 15 MLB seasons
Chris Berman (Greenwich, ESPN)
- Life-long CT resident has been with ESPN since its inception.
Sue Bird (Connecticut Huskies)
- 2 NCAA Nat'l Champ. at UConn; one of six people to win Gold Medal, NCAA and WNBA Champ.
Ron Francis (Hartford Whalers)
- 10 NHL seasons w/ HFD, almost 6 as team captain, 2nd in career Ast behind W. Gretzky
Dorothy Hamill (Greenwich)
- Won 1976 Olympic Figure Skating gold medal; member of World Figure Skating HOF
Richard Hamilton (Connecticut Huskies)
- Helped UConn win first Nat'l title in 1999
(Most Outstanding Player in Final Four)
Bruce Jenner (Newtown)
- Olympic icon who won 1976 Decathlon breaking his own World Record in the process
Brian Leetch (Cheshire/Avon Old Farms)
- 2-time Norris Trophy winner, '94 Conn Smythe winner with New York Rangers
Kristine Lilly (Wilton)
- More Nat'l Team appearances than any soccer player in the world (male or female)
Rebecca Lobo (Connecticut Huskies)
- 1995 Naismith POY, set Huskies' record for most career rebounds and blocks
Jen Rizzotti (New Fairfield, Connecticut Huskies, Hartford Hawks)
- 1996 National POY, became youngest D-I women's basketball coach in the country at HART
Nykesha Sales (Bloomfield, Connecticut Huskies, Connecticut Sun)
- UConn all-time leading scorer, played valuable role in UConn women's 1st Nat'l title
Diana Taurasi (Connecticut Huskies)
- 3 straight Nat'l Champ. from '02-04, 4th woman to win back-to-back Naismith POY awards
Bobby Valentine (Stamford)
- Only person named 3-time all-state HS football, former MLB manager
Steve Young (Greenwich)
- Super Bowl XXIX MVP, member of Pro Football HOF, highest Passer rating in NFL history
Also deserving consideration: Bill Rodgers (Newington), Willie Pep (Hartford)