December 9, 2022

Sporting News Mount Rushmores: See the iconic athletes for our 13 pro cities

The SN Rushmore project named four pro athletes from the 13 cities that have had…

The SN Rushmore project named four pro athletes from the 13 cities that have had at least four of the following five leagues represented for at least 20 years – NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, WNBA. While there were no hard-and-fast rules pertaining to the athletes selected, our panel of experts considered individual resumes, team success and legacy within the sports landscape of each city. Multiple players from the same franchise were allowed, and not every franchise needed to be represented. All sports fans have an opinion on this topic. This is ours.

We formed committees, settled on athletes, then contacted local experts/historians to get their takes on the iconic players who have defined a city’s professional landscape. Each city has four essays on the athletes, in addition to Sporting News’ amazing archive content written as far back as the 1920s to the modern day. We also sprinkled in highlights to celebrate the high points of these legends.

Here are our results of a project that can pretty much spark a debate at any gathering of more than one sports fan.

BOSTON: Essays, highlights, TSN archives of Brady, Russell, Williams, Orr

Boston Rushmore

PHILADELPHIA: Essays, highlights, TSN archives of Schmidt, Erving, Clarke, Iverson

Philadelphia Rushmore

CHICAGO: Essays, highlights, TSN archives of Jordan, Payton, Banks, Hull

Chicago Rushmore

DALLAS: Essays, highlights, TSN archives of Staubach, Lilly, Nowitzki, Smith

Dallas Mount Rushmore

BAY AREA: Revealed July 27

LOS ANGELES: Revealed July 27

DETROIT: Revealed July 28

DENVER: Revealed July 28

MIAMI: Revealed July 29

MINNEAPOLIS: Revealed July 29

PHOENIX: Revealed July 30

WASHINGTON D.C.: Revealed July 31

NEW YORK: Revealed Aug. 1