Lopes has only just recently gotten out of baseball, but he started all the way back in 1972. He spent fifteen years winning for the Dodgers, the Athletics, the Cubs, and the Astros, and then he moved on to managing and coaching for more than half a dozen other teams.
Lopes was best known for his ability to steal bases, ranking eighth in all-time bases percentage in baseball history. Eighty-five percent of those stolen bases came after he turned forty. For some people, age is just a number. Rhode Island isn’t an athletic powerhouse, but they still have their own favorite, Davey.
Oregon - Dale Murphy
During his eighteen-year career with the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and Colorado Rockies, Dale Murphy racked up some impressive records. He was the National League home run leader and RBI leader twice each, he won the Gold Glove award five times, and got the Silver Slugger award – for being the best offensive player at his position – four times.
Murphy's reputation as a clean player during an era of baseball plagued by steroid scandals has made his non-inclusion in the Hall of Fame a bit of a controversy. However, Murphy is still in the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, and the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.
Pennsylvania - Joe Montana
One reason the San Francisco team was so dominant in the eighties was Jerry Rice; the other was Joe Montana. He has the highest cumulative passer rating in the Super Bowl, thanks to the fact that he got to the big game four times and never lost.
Joe was the Super Bowl MVP three times, the NFL MVP twice, the First-team All-Pro three times, and he's a member of the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team. They called him “the Comeback Kid” thanks to his ability to bring the team back from almost certain defeat.
South Carolina - Ray Allen
Considered one of the greatest shooters of all time, Ray Allen has taken his skills to four different teams, winning the NBA championship with two of them. From winning South Carolina Mr. Basketball in 1993 to being elected to the NBA All-Star team ten times, Allen proved he is the best player from South Carolina (despite being born in California).
He is responsible for one of the most memorable plays in NBA history. He scored a three-pointer to tie the 6th game of the 2013 NBA Finals. He did that with only five seconds left. Allen has won a gold medal, has scored over twenty-four thousand points, and even does a little bit of acting.
South Dakota - Adam Vinatieri
We can go ahead and say this will be the only NFL kicker on the list, but if anybody deserves a spot from that position, it's Vinatieri. He's the greatest kicker in NFL history and has the current consecutive field goal record with forty-four, which he accomplished at forty-two years.
Adam has the most career points in NFL history (2,673), the most field goals attempted and made (715 and 599), and the most combined regular-season and postseason games played (397). He's the only remaining active player whose career started in the nineties and is the third oldest active player ever.