There are countless great athletes in American history, but not all of them are born in the United States. Of those that are, many are concentrated within a select few states with a large population and a history of producing athletically gifted residents.
It's not that any one community is inherently better at churning out Hall of Famers. It's just the odds, or—in cases like Permian High School in Odessa, Texas—a reputation snowballs into a student-athlete machine.
But that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of standout athletes from each state in the union. In fact, if you dig a little deeper, you'll be surprised by the diversity of the nation's most outstanding physical talents. This includes individuals born or largely raised in that state.
Our cities, suburbs and rural communities—from coast to coast—all have a proud history of producing outstanding athletes who made an impact here in America...and often around the world. Here are the best athletes from every state!