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The POLL
Compiled by Bill Syken
January 12, 2004
Nutmeggers weigh in on sports*
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January 12, 2004

The Poll

Nutmeggers weigh in on sports*

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Calvin Murphy, Basketball player
An All-America guard at Norwalk High and Niagara University, the 5'9" Murphy went on to star in the NBA for 13 seasons, averaging 17.9 points a game. As a pro he once hit 78 consecutive free throws, and his 1980-81 free throw percentage of .958 is a league record.

Steve Young, Football player
The great-great-great-grandson of Brigham Young played quarterback at Greenwich High and BYU, where he was the 1983 Heisman runner-up. As a San Francisco 49er he threw for six TDs in Super Bowl XXIX. His career passer rating is the NFL's second highest.

Kristine Lilly, Soccer player
The Wilton resident played on four NCAA championship teams at North Carolina and was a midfielder for the victorious 1999 U.S. World Cup team. Among women players, she is second alltime in scoring in U.S. national team history.

Bill Rodgers, Marathoner
After taking up distance running while at Wesleyan, the Hartford native won the Boston and New York marathons four times each and helped inspire the running boom in the 1970s. His PR, 2:09:28 at Boston in '79, remains the fifth-fastest time by an American.

Chris Drury, Hockey player
After winning the Hobey Baker Award at Boston University in 1998, Drury took NHL rookie of the year honors with the Colorado Avalanche in '98-99. The Trumbull native pitched and won the final game of the '89 Little League World Series against Taiwan.

MEMORABLE QUOTE

"I'll fight Lloyd Honeyghan for nothing if the price is right."
-FORMER WORLD WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION MARLON STARLING OF HARTFORD

NUMBERS

0.09
Career ERA of fast-pitch softball legend Joan Joyce of Waterbury, who was 750-42 with 150 no-hitters.

9
Judges, out of nine, who gave Dorothy Hamill of Riverside first-place votes in the free-skate competition at the 1976 Winter Olympics.

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