John Wooden, Basketball player, coach
During his 27 seasons on UCLA's bench Wooden won 10 national
titles, including seven in a row, from 1967 to '73, and the
Bruins set a record with 88 straight regular-season victories
from '71 to '74. A 5'10" guard from Martinsville, he led Purdue
to the NCAA title in 1932.
Larry Bird, Basketball player
Known as the Hick from French Lick, the 6'9" forward won three
NBA championships and three MVP awards with the Boston Celtics.
He was the 1978-79 national college player of the year at Indiana
State and is now president of basketball operations for the
Oscar Robertson, Basketball player
The 6'5" guard from Indianapolis led the NCAA in scoring three
years in a row at Cincinnati, and he averaged a triple double
(30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, 11.4 assists) for the NBA's
Cincinnati Royals in 1961-62. The Big O was a 12-time NBA
Bob Griese, Football player
The Evansville native and quarterback helped lead the Miami
Dolphins to three AFC titles, two Super Bowl wins and, in 1972, a
perfect 17-0 record. He was a two-time All-America at Purdue and
led the Boilermakers to their only Rose Bowl victory, in 1967.
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Jeff Gordon, Race car driver
The NASCAR star has won the Winston Cup points title four times;
in 1995, at 24, he was the youngest champ of the modern era. Born
in Vallejo, Calif., he grew up in Pittsboro, where he honed his
skills racing sprint cars. He is a three-time winner of the
Rod Woodson, Football player
The Oakland Raiders defensive back, a 17-year NFL veteran, has
made the Pro Bowl as a cornerback, kick returner and safety, and
his 71 career interceptions rank third alltime. He was an
All-America at Purdue, and was a high school state champ in the
low and high hurdles.