Rocky Marciano, Boxer
The Brockton Blockbuster won the heavyweight title from Jersey
Joe Walcott in 1952 and successfully defended it six times before
retiring, in '56. Despite weighing only 184 pounds, he became the
only undefeated heavyweight champ in history (49-0).
Doug Flutie, Football player
The 1984 Heisman Trophy winner at Boston College, from Natick,
was named the CFL's most outstanding player six times before
becoming a Pro Bowl quarterback for the Buffalo Bills in 1998.
His '84 Hail Mary pass to beat Miami is one of college football's
Patrick Ewing, Basketball player
The 11-time All-Star center for the New York Knicks led
Georgetown to the national title in 1984 and was the top pick of
the '85 NBA draft. Born in Jamaica, he emigrated at age 11 and
was national high school player of the year at Cambridge Rindge
and Latin in 1981.
Bobby Carpenter, Hockey player
The youth-hockey phenom from Peabody became the first U.S. player
to jump from high school to the NHL; the Washington Capitals took
him third in the 1981 draft. He scored 53 goals in '84-85, then a
record for a U.S.-born player, and played 18 NHL seasons.
Rebecca Lobo, Basketball player
The 6'4" Lobo was named women's college basketball player of the
year in 1995, when she led unbeaten Connecticut to its first NCAA
title. She later became a WNBA All-Star. From Southwick, she is
the state's leading career high school scorer for boys and girls.
Alberto Salazar, Runner
Salazar set the world marathon record (2:08:13) in 1981 in one of
his three consecutive New York wins. He also won Boston in '82.
Born in Cuba, he went to high school in Wayland and helped lead
Oregon to the 1977 NCAA cross-country title.