Photos: Ten best athletes to be born in Colorado

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Ask people to name Colorado's best-ever athletes and you'll hear references to the likes of John Elway, Dave Logan and Missy Franklin. But they all moved to the state rather than being born here.

So who are the greatest Colorado athletes as listed by Wikipedia who actually qualify as natives? We've collected our top ten -- and some of the names may surprise you. Check them out below.

Number 10: Vincent Jackson

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Vincent Jackson.
Born in Colorado Springs, Jackson grew to a height of six-five and had an outstanding high school football career before matriculating to the University of Northern Colorado. But many observers were still surprised when he blossomed into one of the most dangerous and effective receivers in the NFL. He made fans of his home-state Broncos hate him when he was a member of the San Diego Chargers -- which is one reason we're glad he's signed a long-term deal to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That way, Denver defenders won't have to match up against him as often.

Number 9: Buddy Lazier

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Buddy Lazier.
Are you among those who don't consider race-car drivers to be athletes? If so, you'll object to our inclusion of Vail-native Lazier...and another standout further down on this list. But if you hold the opposite view, then you must give props to Lazier, who reached the very pinnacle of his chosen pursuit by winning the 1996 Indianapolis 500, and came close plenty of other times; he's notched six top-ten finishes.

Continue to keep counting down our list of the ten best athletes to be born in Colorado.


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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Why not :

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Craig_Houston
Craig_Houston

How could you leave Reggie Jackson off the list? He's doing wonders for the Thunder as a third-string point guard.

Craig_Houston
Craig_Houston

How could you leave Reggie Jackson off the list? He's doing wonders for the Thunder as a third-string point guard.

crucialbee1
crucialbee1

Buddy Werner? Billy Kidd? Lindsay Vonn? Where my skiers at?

Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

Depends on what you consider athletic...

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Roberts, nice job putting a difficult list together .

You did surprisingly miss Anderson, 

but otherwise did a damn fine job !

dgarrettcham
dgarrettcham

No Dick Anderson, Boulder native, All-American at CU, Pro-Bowler for the Miami Dolphins, defensive stalwart of three Super Bowl teams, winner of two?

Most egregiously, no Whizzer White, Fort Collins native, CU AllAmerican, two-time leader of NFL in rushing?

Tim Tindle
Tim Tindle

Tim Tindle, he is a strong pedicab operator, has a nice stereo system on his bike and provides concierge level service. A Colorado athlete indeed!

Laura Grisenti de Luna
Laura Grisenti de Luna

Matt Hasselbeck was born in Boulder, Eddie Eagan, Goose Gossage and Dutch Clark were all born in Colorado.

Nathan Jones
Nathan Jones

How could you not include Eric Willet or Bobby Brown? You're saying these dudes that play baseball are better athletes than them?

tandersonbank
tandersonbank

How could you not include Glenn Morris from Simla?  He won the Decathlon at the 1936 Olympics and was chosen the 1936 United States athlete of the year.

Pat Angello
Pat Angello

John Grahame, NHL goaltender from 2000-2008

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