Jerry West not only has part of his hometown state as part of his name, but his nickname (“Zeke from the Cabin Creek”) also pays homage to his hometown. “Zeke” is the holder of the highest points per game average in a playoff series – 46.3 points per game. He was a 14-time All-Star and netted (heh) over twenty-five thousand points in his court career.
The Los Angeles Lakers won the championship in 1972 with him, and he won the NBA Finals MVP in 1969. Jerry’s jersey number has been retired by the Lakers and the West Virginia Mountaineers, and he even received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2019. Also, that silhouette on the NBA logo? That’s West.
Virginia - Lawrence Taylor
Lawrence is one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history. He's a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the year and a two-time Super Bowl winner with the New York Football Giants.
With the nickname L.T., he wreaked havoc through offensive lines 1981 to 1993 along with the rest of the big blue wrecking crew. Like a number of the other players on this list, he became part of the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Washington - John Stockton
There are some who – as long as they first check to see who is listening – call John Stockton the greatest assist man in NBA history. He has a total of 15,806 assists, and it's pretty safe to say that his record isn't in much danger.
Stockton spent his entire career, from 1984 to 2003, as a point guard for the Utah Jazz, and the team made the playoffs in every single season. He was the nine-time assists leader, his number's been retired by both the Jazz and the Gonzaga Bulldogs, and he made it to ten NBA All-Star games.
Wisconsin - J.J Watt
There have been plenty of huge defensive names on this list, but only one has been a unanimous winner: Wisconsin's addition to the list, J.J. Watt. He's one of just two players who are three-times winners of the "NFL Defensive Player of the Year" award.
Watt had numerous injuries and surgeries, but he's still the most celebrated player from Wisconsin. Recognition for his skills includes being a five-time “Sports Illustrated” Sportsman of the Year, Walter Payton, NFL Man of the Year, and so much more. He's recently become a member of the 100 sacks club.
Wyoming - Boyd Dowler
Wyoming is a harsh place, and the athletes that came from the final state alphabetically are tough, just like Boyd Dowler. He was part of the storied Green Bay Packers when they went on a tear in the sixties, winning five championships, including the first two Super Bowls.
As a wide receiver, Dowler recorded 474 catches, more than seven thousand yards, and forty touchdowns during his twelve years of play. He's a member of the Packer's Hall of Fame and the NFL's 1960's All-Decade Team.