4 Jim Kiick
Before rushing to fame—and earning two Super Bowl rings—with the Miami Dolphins, the New Jersey-born running back starred for Wyoming.
5 Jay Novacek
The Nebraskan set an NCAA yards-per-catch record for tight ends and became an All-America decathlete for Wyoming before playing for the Dallas Cowboys.
Besides being home to the Class A Casper Rockies and the National Indoor Football League's Wyoming Cavalry, the city of 50,000 is the state's SI Sportstown, for having Wyoming's best community sports programs. Public facilities include an ice arena, recreational trails along the Platte River, and the Mike Lansing Baseball Field, named for the former big league second baseman, who played American Legion ball here.
7 Theo Ratliff
The Atlanta Hawks' center, who led the NBA in blocked shots last season, left his native Alabama to play college ball in Laramie.
8 Curt Gowdy
The famed announcer from Green River earned three college letters in both tennis and basketball (as a 5' 10" forward) for Wyoming. A state park in the foothills of the Laramie Mountains is named after him.
9 Heather Moody
The center from Green River was a 2000 Olympian in women's water polo and is now the U.S. team captain.
10 Todd Skinner
The world-renowned rock climber from Pinedale has completed more than 300 first ascents in 26 countries.
11 Jesseca Cross
In 2000 the 5' 10", 193-pound track and basketball star from Powell became the first athlete since 1912 to make the U.S. Olympic team in the shot put and the hammer throw.
After Wyoming finished the 1967 regular season as the nation's only major undefeated team (10-0), 10,000 Cowboys fans—3% of the state's population back then—trekked to New Orleans for the Jan. 1,1968, Sugar Bowl. In the biggest game in state history, the team went down valiantly: Receiver Gene Huey was tackled on LSU's five-yard line on the final play in a 20-13 Wyoming loss.