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Hometown Heroes: The most popular athletes in each state revealed, but how many play basketball?

A new study by TopUSCasinos.com uncovers the top sporting star in each state to reveal which athlete steals the show the most back home. Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Phi Jackson and Tiger Woods all make the states hall of fame.

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From Muhammad Ali to Michael Jordan, many of the greatest athletes of all time call America home. But have you ever wondered which sporting star is more revered in each US state?

A new study has uncovered the top sporting star born in each state.

By looking at the most successful and prodigious 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

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 state superstar. Or celebrate 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 favourite and legendary college coach Nick Saban all take top spots. 

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:

StateTop AthleteSport
AlabamaCharles BarkleyBasketball
AlaskaCurt SchilingBaseball
ArizonaBilly GrahamWrestling
ArkansasScottie PippenBasketball
CaliforniaTiger WoodsGolf
ColoradoVincent JacksonFootball
ConnecticutFloyd LittleFootball
DelawareRandy WhiteFootball
FloridaRoy Jones Jr. Boxing
GeorgiaJackie RobinsonBaseball
HawaiiB.J. PennMMA
IdahoJake PlummerFootball
IllinoisDwyane WadeBasketball
IndianaLarry BirdBasketball
IowaKurt WarnerFootball
KansasBarry SandersFootball
KentuckyMuhammad AliBoxing
LouisanaPeyton ManningFootball
MaineEdmund “RIP” BlackFootball
MarylandBabe RuthBaseball
MassachusettsPatrick EwingBasketball
MichiganMagic JohnsonBasketball
MinnesotaKevin GarnettBasketball
MississippiBrett FavreFootball
MissouriJayson TatumBasketball
MontanaPhil JacksonBasketball
NebraskaGale SayersFootball
NevadaAndre AgassiTennis
New HampshireCarlton FiskBaseball
New JerseyRick BarryBasketball
New YorkAlex RodriguezBaseball
North CarolinaMichael JordanBasketball
North DakotaRoger MarisBaseball
OhioJack NicklausGolf
OklahomaJim ThorpeDecathlon, Pentathlon
OregonDanny AingeBasketball
PennsylvaniaWilt ChamberlainBasketball
Rhode IslandVinny PazienzaBoxing
South CarolinaJoe FrazierBoxing
South DakotaBilly MillsLong Distance Running
TennesseeReggie WhiteFootball
TexasLance ArmstrongRoad Cycling
UtahJim McmahonFootball
Vermont John LeclairIce Hockey
VirginiaAllen IversonBasketball
WashingtonJohn ElwayFootball
West VirginiaJerry WestBasketball
WisconsinKareem Abdul-JabbarBasketball
WyomingJames JohnsonBasketball
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