Herschel Walker, Football player
The 1982 Heisman Trophy winner set 11 NCAA, 16 SEC and 41 school records in three years as a running back at Georgia. Raised in Wrightsville, he was the Parade high school back of the year at Johnson County High in '79. Walker played pro ball for 15 seasons.
Fran Tarkenton, Football player
The Hall of Fame quarterback was all-state in football, basketball and baseball at Athens High. At Georgia he was an All-America and an Academic All-America. When he retired in 1978 after 18 pro seasons, he held most of the major NFL career passing records.
Wyomia Tyus, Sprinter
The Griffin native was the first person to win back-to-back Olympic 100-meter gold medals, in Tokyo in 1964 and Mexico City in '68. She also won two Olympic relay medals and twice set the world record in the 100. She was a college star at Tennessee State.
Evander Holyfield, Boxer
The longtime Atlantan and 1984 Olympic bronze medalist has a 38-7-2 record, with 25 KOs, in 20 years and is the only heavyweight to win the title four times. His stunning 11th-round knockout of Mike Tyson in 1996 was one of boxing's most memorable bouts.
"It'd be easier to get Hitler elected president of Israel than to bring the Hawks back! But we're going to do it!"
—TED TURNER, AFTER TAKING OVER ATLANTA'S STRUGGLING NBA TEAM IN 1977; THE QUOTE RAN IN AN SI STORY THAT DUBBED ATLANTA "LOSERVILLE"
Major sports franchises based in Atlanta before 1966, when the Braves moved from Milwaukee and the expansion Falcons debuted.
Division I-AA national football titles won by Georgia Southern.
Consecutive division championships won by the Braves.