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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

NC's 5 Greatest Athletes

Posted August 11, 2010 10:37 a.m. EDT
Updated August 11, 2010 10:39 a.m. EDT

North Carolina has produced a lot of great athletes.  Who are the best of the bunch?  A few guidelines - let's confine our choices to athletes who lived in NC most of their lives. Michael Jordan, for example, was born in Brooklyn but grew up in Wilmington. So he counts.

Some of my personal favorites are David Thompson, Michael Jordan, Catfish Hunter, Gaylord Perry, Roman Gabriel and Julius Peppers.

Who are the five greatest athletes in NC history? If you need something to get you started you might want to check out the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.