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7/05/2007 11:27:00 AM

UCLA's Top 10 Athletes

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SIOC places Troy Aikman at No. 6 on out list of all-time UCLA athletes. Where does he rank on your list?
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UCLA has always been one of the nation's pre-eminent athletic institutes, so coming up with a list of its Top 10 all-time athletes was a challenging one. SIOC, however, was up to the task. We know that our list didn't include greats such as Cobi Jones, Karch Karily, Jimmy Connors and Gail Goodrich -- not to mention the legendary John Wooden, who we’ll make the honorary coach of our team of UCLA greats. But a Top 10 is just that, and we can't include everyone. Here is our list:

10. Florence Griffith-Joyner
9. Arthur Ashe
8. Lisa Fernandez
7. Reggie Miller
6. Troy Aikman
5. Ann Meyers
4. Jackie Robinson
3. Jackie Joyner-Kersee
2. Lew Alcindor
1. Bill Walton

Those are our Top 10. Who's on your list?


Posted: 2:14 PM   by Anonymous
Many good choices on the list, but honestly, how could you have excluded Rafer Johnson?
Posted: 2:58 PM   by Anonymous
It's hard not to put Rafer Johnson on that list- perhaps even harder to remove one of the 10 already on it
Posted: 5:16 PM   by Anonymous
Karch Kiraly is the greatest volleyball player in American history, and should be on this list.
Posted: 5:21 PM   by Anonymous
Al Scates has a gazillion Men's Volleyball titles. He deserves mention as an assistant to Wooden. Karch Kiraly, who I believe played on 3 NCAA championship teams, prior to Olympic hardcourt and beach stardom has a strong resume, too.
Posted: 5:35 PM   by ron.kasper
Don't see how you can leave Rafer Johnson, a world record decathlete, off the list. I'm not sure Kareem and Bill were the best athletes either. Great basketball players yes, but all around athletes? Not so sure, I guess my list would run, Rafer, Jackie Joyner, Jackie Robinson (UCLA's first 4 sport letterman) at the top.
Posted: 7:53 PM   by Jack
Lew Alcindor was definately the best. Anyone who had something banned because they were too good is unbeleivable. 88-2 is also amazing. Although Bill Walton won 88 straight, he only (less than Alcindor, but still great) won 2 championships. Alcindor won in all of his varsity years and his Freshman year team was better than the varsity team because of him. And if everything else isn't enough, that's saying something.
Posted: 8:18 PM   by Anonymous
No Rafer Johnson? Baron Davis, Cade McNown, Marques Johnson, Ed O'Bannon- we've had too many great players at UCLA. Come to think of it- that's not a bad thing!

USC would have Marijuanivich in their top 10.
Posted: 8:59 PM   by Anonymous
Gail Devers

Greg Foster: three-time world champion in the 110-meter hurdles.

John Godina: three-time world champion in the shot put.

Rafer Johnson and C.K. Yang: 1960 Olympic gold and silver, respectively, in the decathlon. Say it with me, "The Olympic decathlon champion is, by convention, the world's greatest athlete."

James McAlister: All-American running back and world-class long jumper. Father of Chris McAlister, All-Pro cornerback.

Sidney Wicks and Curtis Rowe, boyhood idols.
Posted: 9:09 PM   by Anonymous
Jackie Robinson should have the top spot.
Posted: 9:12 PM   by Anonymous
Where is Karch Kiraly? All-American at UCLA and probably the greatest professional volleyball career ever.
Posted: 10:52 PM   by SportsFan
This would be a great list of "most famous" UCLA athletes, though I agree they are all great athletes as well. But in terms of "best" athletes, I would venture that Rafer Johnson, Evelyn Ashford and maybe Shirley Babashof should be on the list ahead of some of the major sport stars.
Posted: 10:53 PM   by Anonymous
Jackie Robinson has to be #1. C'mon, 3 sports at UCLA? I think he may have been all-donference in basketball. Starting in football...I wonder if he was any good in baseball?
Posted: 12:37 AM   by Anonymous
what crap. Jackie Robinson is the best athlete ever to play at UCLA, and it isn't close. He wasn't bad at baseball, but that wasn't his only sport, nor was it his best sport. get a grip!~
Posted: 10:29 AM   by Anonymous
How can you not include UCLA's only Heisman winner Gary Beban? He brough UCLA football back to glory and put them back on the map.
Posted: 11:34 AM   by Anonymous
There are a lot that you left out, but with a school like UCLA, lots of great athletes will be on the outside looking in. There's Karch Kiraly, Gail Devers, Jonathan Ogden, Kenny Easley, Rafer Johnson, Gail Goodrich, Cobi Jones, Sinjin Smith, Jimmy Connors...

And that's not even mentioning UCLA's Heisman Trophy Winner, Gary Beban.
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