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March 15, 2004

Michael Jordan, Basketball player

The three-sport standout at Wilmington's Laney High was college
basketball's player of the year at UNC in 1984. MJ went on to win
two Olympic gold medals and, with the Chicago Bulls, five NBA MVP
awards, 10 scoring titles and six championships.

Richard Petty, Race car driver

Over 34 years the King, who is from Randleman, won the Daytona
500 and NASCAR's season title seven times and set records for
total victories (200), wins in a season (27, in 1967) and poles
(127). He followed father Lee into the Motorsports Hall of Fame
in '97.

Buck Leonard, Baseball player

The durable and talented first baseman, known as the black Lou
Gehrig, got his start as a semipro player in Rocky Mount in the
early 1930s. In 17 years in the Negro leagues he batted more than
.300 and ranked among the leaders in home runs, hitting 42 in
'42.

David Thompson, Basketball player

Raised in Shelby, the Skywalker starred for N.C. State's 1974
national champion team and was a three-time All-America. He is
the only player to win MVP honors in an ABA All-Star Game (with
Denver in '76) and an NBA All-Star Game (with Denver in '77 and
'79).

Dale Earnhardt, Race car driver

Before his 2001 death at Daytona, where he had a track-record 34
victories, the Kannapolis native had been NASCAR's season points
leader seven times. He ranks sixth alltime in career wins (76)
and second in Winston Cup earnings (more than $41 million).

John Lucas, Basketball and tennis player

At Hillside High in Durham he won three state titles in tennis
and broke Pete Maravich's single-season state scoring mark in
basketball. After twice earning All-America honors in both sports
at Maryland, Lucas played 14 years in the NBA and coached for six
seasons.

COLOR PHOTO: MANNY MILLAN (JORDAN) COLOR PHOTO: JAMES DRAKE (PETTY) B/W PHOTO: NEGRO LEAGUE BASEBALL MUSEUM (LEONARD) COLOR PHOTO: BEBETO MATTHEWS/AP (THOMPSON) COLOR PHOTO: PETER GREGOIRE (EARNHARDT) COLOR PHOTO: ICON SMI (LUCAS)

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