This week, the sports analysts of ESPN's Sportscenter have asked fans to help create the "Mount Rushmore" of sports for their state; in other words, sports fans would have to select the four athletes who either came from or played in their state that they feel most represents the respective state's accomplishments insofar as sports are concerned.
Today, ESPN announced their picks for the New York Mount Rushmore. The official ESPN mountain was made up of Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Joe Namath, and Jim Brown.
However, I would like to offer up a very different group. With that said, here is my Mount Rushmore of New York sports.
Babe Ruth is the undisputed greatest baseball player of all time. While George Herman Ruth was already a Hall Of Fame-caliber player while playing for the Boston Red Sox, it wasn't until the Babe was traded to New York that he became a legend.
In New York, Babe Ruth absolutely shattered many of baseball's most cherished records, and Yankee Stadium is still known as "The House That Ruth Built" because of his accomplishments on the field.
In many ways, the Babe made baseball what it is today, and for that reason he wil$l be the first selection for my Mount Rushmore.
According to many, Patrick Ewing is the greatest basketball player ever to don a New York Knicks uniform.
When Patrick Ewing was drafted by the Knicks, he completely and undoubtedly altered the culture of the Knicks; instantly transforming them from a losing team to a contender.
Even today, in spite of all the Knick's failures in recent years, Madison Square Garden is known by everywhere to be the Mecca of basketball. Patrick Ewing just may be part of the reason why.
Lawrence Taylor is the greatest player in the history of the storied New York Giants, as well as one of the greatest defensive players of all time.
While there are many football players throughout the sport's history who can be said to have been great throughout their careers, there are very few other players who can say they changed the game of football as Lawrence Taylor did.
During his playing days, Taylor was the most feared pass rusher in the history of the sport, and the threat of his sacks became such a danger to opposing quarterbacks that the modern-day left tackle was created entirely to stop him.
Because of this, Taylor's impact on football will be felt for eternity, and he truly deserves a spot on my Mount Rushmore.
Sugar Ray Robinson, who trained his entire career out of Harlem, N.Y., is considered by many to be the greatest boxer of all time.
Throughout his career, Sugar Ray Robinson put together a record of 175 wins against only 19 losses, a record which is absolutely mind-boggling in the sport of boxing.
Given his accomplishments, I don't feel any doubt that Sugar Ray Robinson deserves the final spot on my Mount Rushmore of New York Sports.