Top 10 Pittsburgh Born Sports Figures
Top 10 Sports Figures from Pittsburgh, PA
Whether they are from the gridiron or the wrestling mat, the baseball diamond or the green's of August, Pittsburgh, PA has produced some of the greatest athletes and sports figures of all time. Sit back and enjoy the top ten Pittsburgh born sports figures.
#10- Kurt Angle
Mt. Lebo's Kurt Angle is an olympic gold medalist. Upon leaving high school, Angle competed at Clarion University as a collegiate. He then enterted the world of professional wrestling, following in the shoes of Bruno Sammartino and Larry Zbysko as other Pittsburghers to hit the squared circle.
#9- Ty Law
The former Aliquippa Quip is a three-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots. While he may not be the most well known player from Pittsburgh, he is one of the most successful to come out of western PA.
#8- Mike Ditka
The coach of the Super Bowl shuffle winning Bears is also an Aliquippa native. He stayed in the area and went to Pitt before moving on to the NFL.
#7- Bill Cowher
Born and bred in Carlyton, Cowher was the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers for fifteen seasons. He won one Super Bowl, two AFC Titles and numerous division crowns for his hometown team.
#6- Joe Namath
Joe Namath went from coming through on a guarantee to wanting to kiss Suzzy Kobler on Monday Night Football, "Broadway Joe" from Beaver Falls is a one of a kind star that a city like Pittsburgh calls its own.
#5- Tony Dorsett
Tony Dorsett is another local product, even though he had an Aliquippa zip code, this former Pitt Panther was a high school star at Hopewell. Known for his running at Pitt, and later for the Dallas Cowboys, Dorsett is definitely a Pittsburgh kid.
#4- Joe Montana
No matter what you say, with four Super Bowl titles, Joe Montana is arguably the greatest QB to play the game. Although he went to Notre Dame, and later playing for the 49'ers and Chiefs, Montana forever will be born in Pittsburgh, PA.
#3- Ken Griffey, Jr.
This Donora, PA "kid" is just what the Pirates could have used the past sixteen losing seasons. Some believe he had the chance to break Hank Aaron's homerun record before Barry Bonds. It says here, no matter what his generation has done, Junior is the best "non-steroid" using baseball player of his time.
#2- Dan Marino
Central Catholic to Pitt, the Steelers COULD have drafted Marino. It is ashame he only played in one Super Bowl, which he lost. One of the best QB's of all time, Marino is a good face for the city of champions.
#1- Arnold Palmer
He may not have the majors of Jack or Tiger, but he has his fair share. Latrobe's Palmer is a legend among legends, in golf and sports. A great ambassador for the game and for western PA, Palmer is the face for Pittsburgh born sports figures.