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Alltime Best For Louisiana's top 50 homegrown sports figures, go to SI.com/50

Dec. 08, 2003
Dec. 08, 2003

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Dec. 8, 2003

Alltime Best For Louisiana's top 50 homegrown sports figures, go to SI.com/50

Compiled by Bill Syken

Terry Bradshaw, Football player
Drafted first overall out of Louisiana Tech in 1970, the future
NFL Hall of Famer would quarterback the Pittsburgh Steelers to
four Super Bowl victories between 1974 and '79. At Shreveport's
Woodlawn High he was the country's top-ranked high school javelin
thrower.

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Karl Malone, Basketball player
The Lakers' forward is the NBA's second alltime leading scorer,
behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; he has averaged 20 points or more for
a record 17 consecutive seasons. The Mailman played at
Summerfield High and Louisiana Tech before being drafted by the
Jazz.

Eddie Robinson, Football coach
Grambling State's coach for 55 years won 408 games, second-most
alltime. He guided his school to nine black college championships
and sent more than 200 players to the NFL before retiring in
1997. Robinson was born in Jackson and went to high school in
Baton Rouge.

Mel Ott, Baseball player
The son of an oil-refinery worker from Gretna, the
lefthanded-hitting outfielder with the unconventional
lift-the-front-leg swing belted 511 homers for the Giants from
1926 to '47. The Hall of Famer also set a National League record
for walks (1,708) that stood for 35 years.

Bob Pettit, Basketball player
The NBA's alltime leading scorer and second-leading rebounder
when he retired in 1965, this two-time MVP from Baton Rouge was
known as much for his effort as for his numbers. A 6'9" forward,
he scored 50 points in the last game when his Hawks won the '58
NBA title.

Elvin Hayes, Basketball player
The No. 1 pick in the 1968 NBA draft, the Big E, a 6'9" forward,
averaged 21.0 points over 16 seasons. At Eula D. Britton High in
Rayville he led his team to 54 straight wins. In '68 his 39
points and 15 rebounds helped Houston snap UCLA's 47-game winning
streak.

COLOR PHOTO: HEINZ KLUETMEIER (BRADSHAW)COLOR PHOTO: JOHN W. MCDONOUGH (MALONE)COLOR PHOTO: ERIC GAY/AP (ROBINSON)B/W PHOTO: TSN/ICON SMI (OTT)B/W PHOTO: NIELS LAURITZEN/MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL (PETTIT)COLOR PHOTO: DAN BALIOTTI (HAYES)