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Compiled by Richard Deitsch
October 13, 2003
Virginians weigh in on sports*
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October 13, 2003

The Poll

Virginians weigh in on sports*

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ALLTIME BEST

For Virginia's top 50 homegrown sports figures, go to SI.com/50

Arthur Ashe, Tennis player
Known for his class, courage and wicked forehand, the Richmond native won 33 pro titles, including the U.S. Open as an amateur in 1968 and Wimbledon in 75. After contracting AIDS from a blood transfusion, he worked tirelessly for AIDS causes until his death in 1993, at 49.

Lawrence Taylor, Football player
The ferocious outside linebacker from Williamsburg starred at North Carolina before becoming one of the NFL's most dominating defenders. In a 13-year pro career he had 1,088 tackles and 132� sacks and led the Giants to two Super Bowl victories.

Secretariat, Thoroughbred
Perhaps the greatest racehorse in history, Big Red (sired by 1957 Preakness winner Bold Ruler) was born at Meadow Farm, in Doswell. He clinched the 1973 Triple Crown with a 31-length Belmont victory. That year he made the covers of SI, TIME and Newsweek.

Bruce Smith, Football player
The Norfolk native and Outland Trophy-winning defensive end from Virginia Tech has terrorized NFL quarterbacks for nearly two decades. Now a Redskin, he has 196� career sacks, second only to Reggie White's 198 on the alltime list.

Sam Snead, Golfer
Sweet-swinging Sammy holds the PGA Tour record for most wins (81)—including a victory at the Greater Greensboro Open in '65 that made him, at 52, the oldest man to win a Tour event. Among the Hot Springs native's seven Grand Slam wins are three Masters titles.

Moses Malone, Basketball player
The 6'10" center from Petersburg became the first high schooler to jump straight to the pros when he signed with the ABA's Utah Stars in 1974, He later was named the NBAs MVP three times (including in '82-83, when he led the 76ers to a title) and was a 12-time All-Star.

MEMORABLE QUOTE

"Not that I've never cursed. I was in the Navy."
—CLEAN-LIVING NBA GREAT DAVID ROBINSON, WHO GREW UP IN MANASSAS, JOKINGLY RECOUNTING THE OBSCENITIES HE ENDURED DURING A GOLF OUTING WITH CHARLES BARKLEY AND MICHAEL JORDAN, HIS FORMER TEAMMATES ON THE DREAM TEAM

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