14 Salt Lake County
The county, which is home to the Jazz, the Triple A baseball Stingers and the IHL Grizzlies, is the SI Sportstown for having the state's best community sports programs.
ALL TIME BEST
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Merlin Olsen, Football player
The Hall of Fame defensive tackle and member of the Los Angeles Rams' Fearsome Foursome was selected second in the 1962 draft, by L.A., and was named to a record 14 consecutive Pro Bowls. He won the Outland Trophy while at Utah State in his hometown, Logan.
Jim McMahon, Football player
The irreverent quarterback from Roy set 70 NCAA records for passing and total offense at BYU from 1978 to '81 and led the 1985 Chicago Bears to victory in Super Bowl XX. He had lived in New Jersey and California before moving to Utah at age 16.
Cael Sanderson, wrestler
In 2002 the 197-pound Heber City native became the first college wrestler to complete four undefeated seasons, with a 159-0 record at Iowa State. The NCAA's outstanding wrestler four years in a row, he won a silver medal at the 2003 world championships.
Two-sport athlete The first woman to be named an All-America in both basketball and volleyball in the same season, Williams was born in California and starred at UCLA, but she attended Taylorsville High in Salt Lake City. She is now a three-time All- WNBA forward with the Indiana Fever.
Gene Fullmer, Boxer
The middleweight won the world title in 1957 with a decision over Sugar Ray Robinson, prompting his hometown, West Jordan, to briefly call itself Fullmerville. Four months later Robinson flattened Fullmer with what Ring magazine named boxing's greatest knockout punch.
Mac Speedie, Football player
The Salt Lake City native wore leg braces as a child due to a bone deficiency but went on to become a six-time All-Pro receiver for the Cleveland Browns, from 1946 to '52. He set a Rocky Mountain Conference record in the 220-yard low hurdles while at the University of Utah.
"The one thing about Utah is, it's hard to find an Italian restaurant that ends in a vowel."
—UNIVERSITY OF UTAH BASKETBALL COACH AND TRANSPLANTED WISCONSINITE RICK MAJERUS