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Compiled by Bill Syken
August 04, 2003
Ohioans weigh in on sports*
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August 04, 2003

The Poll

Ohioans weigh in on sports*

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(4) Bob Knight
The General from Orrville played basketball at Ohio State before going on to coach Indiana and Texas Tech.

(5) Pro Football Hall of Fame
In 1920 seven businessmen held a meeting at a car dealership in Canton and formed the American Professional Football Conference, the forerunner of the NFL. In 1963 the Hall of Fame opened in Canton. It has 221 players enshrined and draws 200,000 visitors each year.
Ohio native and 1983 inductee Paul War field

(6) Joey Galloway
The 5'11" wideout starred at Bellaire High and Ohio State before taking his big-play ability to the NFL. This year he and fellow ex-Buckeye Terry Glenn, a Columbus native, are expected to lead the Dallas Cowboys' receiving corps.

(7) Katie Smith
The 2000 Olympian and four-time WNBA All-Star guard for the Minnesota Lynx grew up in Logan and played at Ohio State. She holds the Big Ten career scoring record and in 2002 was named Ohio State's female athlete of the century.

(8) Ken Griffey Jr.
The graduate of Cincinnati's Moeller High was baseball's player of the decade for the 1990s.

(9) Paxson Brothers
John, the general manager of the Chicago Bulls, and Jim, G.M. of the Cavaliers, grew up in Dayton.

(10) Buster Douglas
The Columbus heavyweight was a 42-to-1 underdog when he KO'd Mike Tyson in a February 1990 title bout. Other world champions from Ohio include heavyweights James Jeffries and Ezzard Charles and junior welterweight Aaron Pryor.

(11) Ben Curtis
The surprise 2003 British Open winner, from Ostrander, won two state amateur titles and was a three-time All-America at Kent State.

(12) Westerville
This city of 35,000 is the state's SI Sportstown for having Ohio's best community sports programs. It is also home to Otterbein College, the 2002 NCAA Division III basketball champion

(13) Scott Hamilton
The 1984 Olympic figure skating gold medalist and ice-tour performer grew up in Bowling Green.

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