ESPN reviewed the submissions and discussions on your state/region's conversation page. The four figures on Massachusett's Sports Rushmore are below:
Ted Williams (Boston Red Sox) -
Teddy Ballgame was the last player to have a batting average over .400. The Hall of Famer won two Triple Crowns and two AL MVP awards.
Bobby Orr (Boston Bruins) -
The Hall of Famer is the only defenseman to lead the NHL in scoring.
Tom Brady (New England Patriots) -
The three-time Super Bowl winner and two-time Super Bowl MVP threw 50 touchdown passes in 2007 to set the NFL's single-season record.
Red Auerbach (Boston Celtics) -
Auerbach and his iconic cigar were part of the Celtics' organization for 57 years. He coached the Celtics to nine NBA titles and also added another seven NBA titles in his role as Boston's GM and team president.
Other standouts (even more nominees in conversation)
Larry Bird (Boston Celtics)
- 12-time All-Star, two-time Finals MVP, one of three players to win 3 cons. NBA MVP's
Bill Russell (Boston Celtics)
- Won 11 NBA titles with BOS, most by anyone in a North American pro league, member of Basketball HOF
Bob Cousy (Holy Cross, Boston Celtics)
- Led NBA in assists eight straight seasons while winning six NBA titles with BOS, member of Basketball HOF
Cam Neely (Boston Bruins)
- 5th all-time leading scorer in BOS history, elected into the Hockey HOF in 2005
Ray Bourque (Boston Bruins)
- NHL's all-time leader in G, A, and Pts by defenseman, 5-time Norris Trophy winner
Carl Yastrzemski (Boston Red Sox)
- Last to hit for Triple Crown, BOS leader in hits, HR, RBI, runs, doubles, and games
Pedro Martinez (Boston Red Sox)
- 3-time Cy Young winner, 8-time All-Star, one of 16 pitchers in MLB with over 3,000 K
David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox)
- 5-time All-Star, helped BOS win two World Series, 54 HR in '06 most in BOS single-season history
Johnny Pesky (Boston Red Sox)
- Table setter for BOS for 7.5 seasons, led MLB in hits first three seasons, Fenway Park's right field foul pole is famously named "Pesky's Pole" after him
Bill Belichick (New England Patriots)
- Only head coach to win three Super Bowls in a four-year span
Rocky Marciano (Brockton)
- Held the heavyweight title from 1952-56, 49-0 career record (43 KO), only boxing champion to ever retire undefeated
Mike Eruzione (Winthrop, Boston University)
- Captain of 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, scored GW goal against Soviet Union
Doug Flutie (Natick, Boston College Eagles)
- 1984 Heisman Trophy winner, six-time CFL Most Outstanding Player
Johnny Kelley (Arlington)
- Two-time Boston Marathon winner and seven-time runner-up who ran the race 61 times. He is commemorated by a statue on the course in Newton.