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December 15, 2003

Jack Dempsey, Boxer
The popular Manassa native helped move boxing into the mainstream
during his reign as heavyweight champion, from 1919 to '26. After
losing to Gene Tunney in 1926, the following year Dempsey went
down again in their rematch, which was famous for the "long
count."

Byron (Whizzer) White, Football player
The late Supreme Court justice from Wellington was an All-America
at Colorado, where he got his nickname for his speed. He played
both ways and punted and kicked, and in 1937 he led the nation in
scoring and rushing. He twice topped the NFL in rushing, in 1938
and '40.

Amy Van Dyken, Swimmer
After suffering from asthma as a child in Englewood, Van Dyken
became the 1994 NCAA Swimmer of the Year at Colorado State and
then won four gold medals at the 1996 Olympics and two more at
the 2000 Games. She is married to former Broncos punter Tom
Rouen.

Glenn Morris, Decathlete
The Simla native, who would jog two miles to school as a child,
set a world record in the decathlon at the 1936 Olympics. An
all-conference receiver at Colorado State, he starred in Tarzan's
Revenge before spending one season with the Detroit Lions.

Hale Irwin, Golfer
The three-time U.S. Open winner from Boulder is the winningest
player in Champions tour history, with 38 senior titles. At
Colorado he was the 1967 NCAA golf champion and was also a
two-time all-Big Eight defensive back in football.

Jack Christiansen, Football player
Raised in a Canon City orphanage, the speedy defensive back
intercepted 46 passes with the Detroit Lions from 1951 to '58 and
won three NFL championships. A Hall of Famer, he also returned
eight punts for touchdowns.

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