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Compiled by Bill Syken
December 08, 2003
Louisianans weigh in on sports*
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December 08, 2003

The Poll

Louisianans weigh in on sports*

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6,702
Points scored by Ebarb High guard Greg Procell from '66 to '70, the national career record.

MEMORABLE QUOTE

"We're not allowed to comment on lousy officiating."
—SAINTS GENERAL MANAGER JIM FINKS AFTER NEW ORLEANS'S 16-7 VICTORY OVER THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS IN 1986

ALLTIME BEST
For Louisiana's top 50 homegrown sports figures, go to SI.com/50

Terry Bradshaw, Football player
Drafted first overall out of Louisiana Tech in 1970, the future NFL Hall of Famer would quarterback the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl victories between 1974 and '79. At Shreveport's Woodlawn High he was the country's top-ranked high school javelin thrower.

Karl Malone, Basketball player
The Lakers' forward is the NBA's second alltime leading scorer, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; he has averaged 20 points or more for a record 17 consecutive seasons. The Mailman played at Summerfield High and Louisiana Tech before being drafted by the Jazz.

Eddie Robinson, Football coach
Grambling State's coach for 55 years won 408 games, second-most alltime. He guided his school to nine black college championships and sent more than 200 players to the NFL before retiring in 1997. Robinson was born in Jackson and went to high school in Baton Rouge.

Mel Ott, Baseball player
The son of an oil-refinery worker from Gretna, the lefthanded-hitting outfielder with the unconventional lift-the-front-leg swing belted 511 homers for the Giants from 1926 to '47. The Hall of Famer also set a National League record for walks (1,708) that stood for 35 years.

Bob Pettit, Basketball player
The NBA's alltime leading scorer and second-leading rebounder when he retired in 1965, this two-time MVP from Baton Rouge was known as much for his effort as for his numbers. A 6'9" forward, he scored 50 points in the last game when his Hawks won the '58 NBA title.

Elvin Hayes, Basketball player
The No. I pick in the 1968 NBA draft, the Big E, a 6'9" forward, averaged 21.0 points over 16 seasons. At Eula D. Britton High in Rayville he led his team to 54 straight wins. In '68 his 39 points and 15 rebounds helped Houston snap UCLA's 47-game winning streak.

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