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The Poll
Compiled by Bill Syken
August 18, 2003
New Jerseyites weigh in on sports*
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August 18, 2003

The Poll

New Jerseyites weigh in on sports*

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2 Bill Parcells
Born in Englewood, the Tuna coached the Giants to Super Bowl wins in 1986 and '90. He brings his new team, the Cowboys, to the Meadowlands for the first time on Sept. 15.

3 Dick Vitale
The over-the-top ESPN broadcaster from Elmwood Park coached his alma mater, East Rutherford High, to state basketball titles (70, 71) before moving on to jobs with the University of Detroit from 1973 to '77, then the Detroit Pistons for one-plus seasons.

4 Troy Vincent
The Trenton native and anchor of the Philadelphia Eagles' secondary was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2002.

5 Al Leiter
The Mets' ace and Toms River native led Central Regional High in Bayville to a state championship in 1984; he has pitched for two World Series winners ('93 Blue Jays and '97 Marlins).

6 Yogi Berra Museum
The museum is on the campus of Montclair State (Yogi has lived in Montclair for more than 40 years) and is next to Yogi Berra Stadium, home of the minor league New Jersey Jackals.

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7 Waterfront Park
The 6,440-seat stadium is home to the Trenton Thunder, the 10-year-old Double A club that in June became the fastest franchise at that level of the minors or below to draw four million fans over its history. The Thunder was a Red Sox farm club before switching to the Yankees this season.

8 Al Harrington
The 6'9" forward jumped from St. Patrick High in Elizabeth to the NBA in 1998 and was the 25th overall pick by the Indiana Pacers.

9 The Clark Family
The track clan from Maplewood includes sisters Hazel and Joetta and sister-in-law Jearl, all of whom made the 2000 Olympic team at 800 meters while being coached by Hazel and Joetta's brother, J.J.

10 Shaquille O'Neal
A military kid, Shaq was born in Newark and also lived in Jersey City before moving to Texas, where he played his high school ball.

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