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Muhammad Ali voted Kentucky’s best athlete

Who’s the best athlete to ever come from the state of Kentucky? According to one list, Muhammad Ali. TrendingTopLists.com named the best athlete from every state, and The Greatest was chosen to represent the Commonwealth:

“There has been an attempt recently to re-write the history books and somehow diminish the legacy of Muhammad Ali by some. It seems to have become cool or quirky to claim that Ali is or was overrated. It may be cliche and it may be obvious, but Ali is absolutely the greatest boxer of all time. There has never been a heavyweight fighter who moved like Ali.”

A smattering of picks from other states:

  • Alabama: Willie Mays
  • Arizona: Kerri Strug
  • California: Tiger Woods
  • Colorado: Jack Dempsey
  • Florida: Deion Sanders
  • Indiana: Larry Bird
  • Louisiana: Peyton Manning
  • Michigan: Magic Johnson
  • Nevada: Andre Agassi
  • New York: Michael Jordan
  • Ohio: LeBron James
  • Tennessee: Reggie White

I doubt anyone would argue Ali is the best athlete this state — arguably this country — has produced, but as the Courier-Journal’s Tim Sullivan asked on Twitter yesterday, who do you think is #2? Gotta be Jarrod Polson, right?

 

(I’m kidding.)

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9 Comments for Muhammad Ali voted Kentucky’s best athlete



  1. The Professor
    10:51 pm July 26, 2016 Permalink

    Paul Hornung



  2. DagummitLarry
    11:01 pm July 26, 2016 Permalink

    Considering BonJackson and Jesse Owens are from Alabama,mI think Willie Mays gets bumped down a couple of spots.

    Can’t argue Ali for KY.



  3. DagummitLarry
    11:04 pm July 26, 2016 Permalink

    Considering Bo Jackson and Jesse Owens are from Alabama, I think Willie Mays gets bumped down a couple of spots.

    Can’t argue Ali for KY.



    • deltasig41
      9:40 am July 27, 2016 Permalink

      Willie Mays is arguably the greatest baseball player of all time, no worse than the top 2 or 3. To put he and Bo Jackson is the same breath is damn near blasphemy.

      You could make an argument for Jesse Owens, but you can’t go wrong with Willie Mays either.



    • DagummitLarry
      9:25 pm July 27, 2016 Permalink

      I wasn’t arguing that Bo Jackson was a better baseball player. I was thinking from a sheer athlete view. Bo Jackson =! Football+Baseball and excelled in both.



  4. Jaybrown13
    12:18 am July 27, 2016 Permalink

    #2? Paul Hornung? Jim Bunning? Mary T. Meagher? Dave Cowens? Wes Unseld? Eddie Arcaro?



  5. grofacekillah
    9:07 am July 27, 2016 Permalink

    MJ being from NY is kinda BS. Moved to Wilmington, NC as a toddler.



  6. Matty Arbuckle
    11:03 am July 27, 2016 Permalink

    #2? Probably Jared Lorenzen.



  7. Stu_Padaso
    1:36 pm July 27, 2016 Permalink

    It’s gotta be Earle Combs.

    MLB HOF

    9-TIME WORLD SERIES CHAMPION (3 as a player, 6 as a coach)

    LEAD OFF HITTER FOR MURDERER’S ROW

    CAREER .325

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/combsea01.shtml

    ONE BAD DUDE!