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Which SEC team has the best crop of all-time top athletes?


Criteria:
- Pick the Top 4 Male and Female athletes (Total of 8) from your respective school and list their accomplishments (both college and pro can be accepted).
-There can only be 1 representative per sport, per gender (so, no more than 1 football player, 1 men's basketball player, etc.)
- If it's close for you, you can toss out 1 Honorable mention for each gender.

UGA

Men
1 Herschel Walker (Football) - 1982 Heisman Trophy Winner, 3x All American, 3 SEC titles, 1 National Title, 3 National Title appearances
2 Gordon Beckham (Baseball) - 2008 Golden Spike Runner-up, NCAA POTY Runner-up, 2008 SECPOTY, CWS Runner-up, Multi UGA baseball record holder (including HRs in a season and in a career), 8th overall in 2008 MLB Draft, Starts for Chicago White Sox
3 Dominique Wilkins (Basketball) - The end-all, be-all of UGA basketball, 9x NBA All Star, NBA Hall of Famer, considered to be one of the greatest dunkers in basketball history)
4 Bubba Watson (Golf) - 2001 SEC Champion, 2x Masters Champion
Honorable Mention: John Isner (Tennis)

Women
1 Teresa Edwards (Basketball) - 2x All American, 4x US Olympian
2 Corrine Wright (Gymnastics) - 2x US National Team, 2x National Champion, 8x All American, 2x All SEC
3 Allison Schmitt (Swimming) - 10 individual national titles, helped UGA win the 2013 national team title, 3-time gold Olympic medalist, as well as 1 silver medal, and 2 bronze medals.
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4 Angela Lettiere (Tennis) - Singles National Champion, 3x ITA Grand Slam Finals, 1994 National Player of the Year and SEC Player of the Year
Honorable Mention: Courtney Shealy (Swimming)

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Auburn

Men
1 Bo Jackson (Football) greatest athlete in history
2 Frank Thomas (Baseball) trumps Gordan Beckham x200
3 Charles Barkley (Basketball) 10x all star, HOF'er, was good at shite other than dunking, way better than Wilkins
4 Rowdy Gaines (Swimming) - 5 NCAA championships, at one time held 11 WR's, 3 time gold medalist even though the Olympics in his prime (1980 Moscow) were boycotted
Honorable Mention: Cesar Cielo (Swimming)

Women
1 Kirsty Coventry: 2 golds, 4 silvers, 1 bronze in 2 Olympics
2 Ruthie Bolten (Basketball) led the USA to gold medals in 1996 and 2000 olympics, WNBA HOF'er

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UF

Men
1 Emmitt Smith (football) - this is probably the hardest, but he is the NFL's all time leading rusher, an NFL MVP and hall of famer with 3 Super Bowl Rings
2 Ryan Lochte (swimmer) - 4 Golds, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze medals in 2008 and 2012 Olympics; 2 time NCAA swimmer of the year; 7 time NCAA champion; 7 time SEC champion; 24 time All American
3 Brad Wilkerson (Baseball) - 3 time 1st Team All American, led UF to 2 CWS; became first player in NCAA history to hit 20 home runs, steal 20 bases, and win 10 games as a pitcher in a single season; UF leader in batting average, slugging percentage, walks and on base percentage; during MLB career, hit for the cycle 2 times

Women
1 Dara Torres (swimmer) - 12 Olympic medals [4 Gold, 4 Silver, 4 Bronze]; 9 SEC championships, 3 NCAA championships and 28 All American honors
2 Abby Wambach (soccer) - highest all time goal scorer in US team history and holds the international record for goals for both men and women; 2 time Olympic gold medalist; led UF to first women's soccer title

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LSU

Men
1 Billy Cannon (Football) - #1 Overall Draft Pick (1960), Heisman Trophy Winner, 1959 National Champion
2 Shaquille O'Neil (Basketball) - #1 Overall Draft Pick (1992), 4× NBA champion (2000, 2001, 2002, 2006), 3× NBA Finals MVP (2000–2002), NBA Most Valuable Player (2000), 15× NBA All-Star (1993–1998, 2000–2007, 2009), 3× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2000, 2004, 2009), 8× All-NBA First Team (1998, 2000–2006), 2× All-NBA Second Team (1995, 1999), 4× All-NBA Third Team (1994, 1996–1997, 2009), 3× All-Defensive Second Team (2000–2001, 2003), NBA Rookie of the Year (1993), NBA All-Rookie First Team (1993), 2× NBA scoring champion (1995, 2000), No. 34 retired by Los Angeles Lakers, FIBA World Championship MVP (1994), USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (1994), College national player of the year (1992), 2× Consensus first team All-American (1991–1992), 2× SEC Player of the Year (1991–1992), McDonald's All-American MVP (1989)
3 Ben McDonald (Baseball) - #1 Overall Draft Pick (1989), 1989 Golden Spikes Award, 2x All-American, 1988 Gold Olympic Games
4 David Toms (Golf) - 1 PGA Championship (2001), Payne Stewart Award (2011), 2x Nike Tour Wins, Masters Tournament (T6, 1998), U.S. Open (T4, 2012), The Open Championship (T4, 2000)
Honorable Mention: "Pistol" Pete Maravich (Basketball)

Women
1 Lolo Jones (Track) - 3x Gold 60 m hurdle (USA), 1 Silver 100 m hurdle (USA)
2 Seimone Augustus (Womens Basketball) - #1 Overall WNBA Draft Pick (2006), 2x Olympic gold (2008, 2012), Bronze, World Championship (2006), SEC Player of the Year (2005, 2006), Wade Trophy (2005, 2006), Naismith Award (2005, 2006), Wooden Award (2005, 2006), WNBA All-Rookie Team (2006), WNBA Rookie of the Year (2006), First Team All-WNBA (2012), 4× Second Team All-WNBA (2006, 2007, 2011, 2013), 4× WNBA All-Star (2006, 2007, 2011, 2013), 2× WNBA Champion (2011, 2013), WNBA Finals MVP (2011), EuroCup Champion (2008-09), EuroCup MVP (2008-09)
3 Britni Sneed (Softball) - Finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, NFCA First-Team All-American, Career strikeout record of 1,370 (Ranked second in NCAA history), SEC Pitcher of the Year, SEC Tournament MVP, First-Team All-SEC

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Arkansas

MEN
1 Lance Alworth (Football): 3 time Academic All American; Consensus All American; 7x AFL All Star; 1963 AFL Player of the year; Holds pro football record with 200 WR yards in 5 games in a season; #19 retired with San Diego Charger; Pro Football Hall of Fame
2 Corliss Williamson (Basketball): 2x SEC Player of the Year; 2x All American; NCAA National Champion and NBA World Champion; NBA 6th man of year 2002; NCAA Final Four MVP
3 Cliff Lee (Baseball): 4x All Star; 2008 Cy Young winner; AL ERA leader 2008
4 John Daly (Golf): 1991 PGA Rookie of the Year; 1995 British Open Champion; 1991 PGA Champion; 19 professional tourney wins
Honorable Mention: Tom Pagnozzi (Baseball) - 3x Gold Glove winner; 1992 All Star

WOMEN
1 Veronica Campbell-Brown (Track) 2007-2009 Worlds Fastest Woman; 7 Olympic Medals; 3x Gold Winner; 25 Gold Medals won in Olympics/World Championships;
2 Stacy Lewis (Golf): #2 Player in World; 8 LPGA Tour wins; 2013 British Open Champion; 2011 Kraft Nabisco Champion; 2012 LPGA Player of Year

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Alabama

Men
1. Derrick Thomas. (Football) Pro football hall of famer. Single season and career collegiate sack record. Single game NFL sack record
2. Khirani James (track) 2012 Olympic 400m gold medalist.
3. Dave Magadan (baseball) career .288 hitter in the majors. 2x World Series champ. 1983 golden spikes award winner with a .525 batting average. Collegiate career hit .439, an sec record.
4. Robert Horry (basketball) 7x NBA champion. 11th overall pick in the NBA draft. Holds the record for 3's made in the nba finals.



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PNW
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re: Which SEC team has the best crop of all-time top athletes?


What about Allison Schmitt? She has 10 individual national titles, helped UGA win the 2013 national team title, 3-time gold Olympic medalist, as well as 1 silver medal, and 2 bronze medals.


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theGarnetWay
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re: Which SEC team has the best crop of all-time top athletes?


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- Bubba Watson (Golf) - 2001 SEC Champion, 2x Masters Champion


This amuses me. 'Bama doesn't win in the SEC in football but wins the national title, same goes for UGA in Equestrian this year, now Bubba has won more Master's than SEC titles.

As Spurrier said "It's harder to win the SEC than it is the national title" Looks like that holds true for a few sports.






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PNW
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Bubba has won more Master's than SEC titles


He actually helped UGA win two SEC titles






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nebraskafaninwi
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re: Which SEC team has the best crop of all-time top athletes?


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As Spurrier said "It's harder to win the SEC than it is the national title" Looks like that holds true for a few sports


A local media person should say that quote and then ask him about Jan. of 1996... :lol:






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beaver
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re: Which SEC team has the best crop of all-time top athletes?


Men:

Bo Jackson: greatest athlete in history

Frank Thomas: trumps Gordan Beckham x200

Charles Barkley: 10x all star, HOF'er, was good at shite other than dunking, way better than Wilkins

Cesar Cielo: current WR holder for 100m and 50m freestyle aka the fastest swimmer in the world, Olympic gold medalist

EDIT: or Rowdy Gaines - 5 NCAA championships, at one time held 11 WR's, 3 time gold medalist even though the Olympics in his prime (1980 Moscow) were boycotted

Women:

Kirsty Coventry: 2 golds, 4 silvers, 1 bronze in 2 Olympics

Ruthie Bolten: led the USA to gold medals in 1996 and 2000 olympics, WNBA HOF'er

I give up from here on out anyone else can finish I just dont give a frick about womens athletics



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WG_Dawg
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re: Which SEC team has the best crop of all-time top athletes?


It wouldn't be Courtney kupets for gymnastics?





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No
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re: Which SEC team has the best crop of all-time top athletes?


You have too much fricking time on your hands





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Phat Phil
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re: Which SEC team has the best crop of all-time top athletes?


Bama has Trent Richardson and Mark Ingram excelling in the NFL.





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CapstoneGrad06
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re: Which SEC team has the best crop of all-time top athletes?


Damn you're obsessed.





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TTsTowel
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re: Which SEC team has the best crop of all-time top athletes?


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You have too much fricking time on your hands
Reason #1 why the SECRant is so bad right now.

Someone makes a quality thread with research behind their opinion(s), and then someone else has to shite in it with a post like the one I quoted.






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deeprig9
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re: Which SEC team has the best crop of all-time top athletes?


Without Ali, list is shite.





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MrAUTigers
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re: Which SEC team has the best crop of all-time top athletes?


quote:

Men:

Bo Jackson: greatest athlete in history

Frank Thomas: trumps Gordan Beckham x200

Charles Barkley: 10x all star, HOF'er, was good at shite other than dunking, way better than Wilkins

Cesar Cielo: current WR holder for 100m and 50m freestyle aka the fastest swimmer in the world, Olympic gold medalist

Women:

Kirsty Coventry: 2 golds, 4 silvers, 1 bronze in 2 Olympics




Track-- Kerron Stewart: competed for Jamaica in the Olympics, 100m and 200m. Silver in the 100m and bronze in the 200m at 2008 games.

Womens bball: Ruthie Bolton. Dominant female bball player in college and the WNBA.

(Rowdy Gaines would have been my male swimmer)

Auburn also gave you Jimmy Buffet. You are welcome!!!




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PNW
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Auburn also gave you Jimmy Buffet. You are welcome!!!



No Auburn didn't because he transferred out



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Patton
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re: Which SEC team has the best crop of all-time top athletes?


It's why we fight the good fight TT





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beaver
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re: Which SEC team has the best crop of all-time top athletes?


I had added Rowdy and just added Ruthie





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beaver
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We tried to, we can't help he failed out





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MrAUTigers
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No Auburn didn't because he transferred out


He didn't transfer out. He left Auburn to become a musical legend. Again, you are welcome!






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PNW
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He didn't transfer out. He left Auburn to become a musical legend. Again, you are welcome!



He got his bachelor's at USM I thought.







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bgator85
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re: Which SEC team has the best crop of all-time top athletes?


I'll give it a start:
Men
Emmitt Smith (football) - this is probably the hardest, but he is the NFL's all time leading rusher, an NFL MVP and hall of famer with 3 Super Bowl Rings
Ryan Lochte (swimmer) - 4 Golds, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze medals in 2008 and 2012 Olympics; 2 time NCAA swimmer of the year; 7 time NCAA champion; 7 time SEC champion; 24 time All American
Brad Wilkerson - 3 time 1st Team All American, led UF to 2 CWS; became first player in NCAA history to hit 20 home runs, steal 20 bases, and win 10 games as a pitcher in a single season; UF leader in batting average, slugging percentage, walks and on base percentage; during MLB career, hit for the cycle 2 times

Women
Dara Torres (swimmer) - 12 Olympic medals [4 Gold, 4 Silver, 4 Bronze]; 9 SEC championships, 3 NCAA championships and 28 All American honors
Abby Wambach (soccer) - highest all time goal scorer in US team history and holds the international record for goals for both men and women; 2 time Olympic gold medalist; led UF to first women's soccer title



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