US Hometown Heroes

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Last Updated 14th Mar 2024, 07:22 AM

US Hometown Heroes

Ever wondered which sportsperson is most revered in each state of the United States? has uncovered the top star born in each state to reveal which athlete steals the show the most back home.

With about a third of all states (17) ranking an NBA icon as their leading star, no other sport beats basketball in terms of state selections. As the most famed sporting name nationwide, it’s no surprise that Michael Jordan takes the crown as North Carolina’s state superstar. Meanwhile celebrated ballers Scottie Pippen, Phil Jackson and Magic Johnson also claim top in their native Arkansas, Montana and Michigan, respectively.

Football stars take top spot in 14 different states, including Louisiana’s two-time Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning and Mississippi’s Brett Favre. Despite the basketball and football dominance, six states claim baseball greats as their hometown heroes. These include Georgia’s Jackie Robinson, whose legacy as the first African-American MLB player continues to inspire, New York’s Alex Rodriguez and Maryland’s Babe Ruth.

Turning our attention to the boxing ring, one of the sport’s most celebrated athletes, Muhammad Ali, is comfortably The Greatest to ever come out of Kentucky and fellow fighter Roy Jones Jr. is Florida’s favored son. Heading westward, Tiger Woods’ golfing heroics has cemented him as California’s leading sportsman, while tennis’ Andre Agassi is top in Nevada.

Discover Your State’s Hometown Hero 


To reveal each US state’s most celebrated sporting hero, we first collected data for each of the fifty states’ most successful and prodigious athletes from Bleacher Report. From here, we 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.

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