Photos: Ten best athletes to be born in Colorado


Number 4: Earl Harry "Dutch" Clark
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Earl Harry "Dutch" Clark.
If you're not old enough to remember football players wearing leather helmets, then you never saw Dutch Clark compete; his heyday was the 1930s and 1940s. But the most famous person to be born in Fowler, Colorado, was so multifaceted a player -- his positions included quarterback, fullback and punter -- at Colorado College and, later, pro teams such as the Detroit Lions, that; he was a charter member of both the College Football Hall of Fame (1951) and the NFL Hall of Fame (1963), where he was inducted alongside legends such as Jim Thorpe and Curly Lambeau. He died in 1978, but his presence lives on in Pueblo, where he played high school ball. The city boasts Dutch Clark Stadium, and includes a statue of its namesake.

Number 3: Chauncey Billups

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Chauncey Billups.
Okay, maybe we're a little biased ranking Denver-born Chauncey so high, since he's one of our favorites. But not only is he an incredibly skilled basketball player, as he proved as a CU Buff and, later, for NBA teams such as the Detroit Pistons (where he won a championship and was finals MVP) and our own Denver Nuggets, but he's the epitome of a modern-sports role model. He's currently a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, a team we don't wish well on most occasions -- but if the Clip Show goes deep in the playoffs this year, we'll be rooting for Mr. Big Shot. And when he finally decides to call it career, wouldn't he make a great Nuggets coach or general manager? You can go home again.

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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