From Muhammad Ali to Michael Jordan, many of the greatest athletes of all-time call America home. But have you ever wondered which sports stars are the favorite in each US state?
A new study by TopUSCasinos.com uncovers the top sporting stars from each state. Check out the state-by-state breakdown below.
Hometown Heroes: The most popular famous athlete in each state revealed!
Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Phi Jackson and Tiger Woods all make the states hall of fame.
By looking at the most successful athletes of all time, TopUSCasinos.com then looked at who is searched for the most on Wikipedia, to reveal the most popular sporting legends from each state across the US.
The most popular athlete from every US state
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With nearly 60% of states ranking a basketball or football icon as their top hometown hero.
It’s by no surprise that basketball’s Michael Jordan takes the crown as North Carolina’s superstar famous athlete.
In basketball, ballers Scottie Pippen, Phil Jackson, and Magic Johnson claim top for their native Arkansas, Montana, and Michigan, respectively.
In Football from Louisana’s two-time Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning, Virginia favorite and legendary college coach Nick Saban both take top spots as most famous athlete.
It’s not only basketball and football that are celebrated.
By, turning our attention to the ring, one of the sport’s most celebrated athletes, Muhammad Ali, is comfortably the greatest to ever come out of Kentucky.
Heading westward Tiger Woods’ golfing heroics have cemented him as California’s leading sportsman, while tennis’ Andre Agassi is top in Nevada.
Discover your state’s hometown hero below:
|Florida||Roy Jones Jr.||Boxing|
|Maine||Edmund “RIP” Black||Football|
|New Hampshire||Carlton Fisk||Baseball|
|New Jersey||Rick Barry||Basketball|
|New York||Alex Rodriguez||Baseball|
|North Carolina||Michael Jordan||Basketball|
|North Dakota||Roger Maris||Baseball|
|Oklahoma||Jim Thorpe||Decathlon, Pentathlon|
|Rhode Island||Vinny Pazienza||Boxing|
|South Carolina||Joe Frazier||Boxing|
|South Dakota||Billy Mills||Long Distance Running|
|Texas||Lance Armstrong||Road Cycling|
|Vermont||John Leclair||Ice Hockey|
|West Virginia||Jerry West||Basketball|
Favorite Famous Athlete By State Methodology
To reveal each US state’s most celebrated sporting hero, TopUSCasinos first collected data for each of the fifty states’ most successful and prodigious athletes from Bleacher Report.
From here, TopUSCasinos analyzed each athlete’s respective Wikipedia page to assess visits during a twelve-month period between March 2020-March 2021.
The athlete for each state with the most page views during this period is considered their area’s leading hometown hero.