Utah is known more for its iconic national parks and world-class ski resorts than iconic athletes, but we’ve had our fair share of amazing athletes pass through our state over the years. Here are a few of our favorites.
1. John Stockton & Karl Malone
We can’t help but make this electrifying duo a package deal on our list. Although they never led the Utah Jazz to an NBA, they did provide the most exciting stretch in team history, making the playoffs in all 18 seasons they played together. They also led the Jazz to Utah’s only two NBA Finals appearances in 1997 and 1998, both resulting in losses to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
2. Steve Young
The only homegrown Utahn on this list, few quarterbacks can rival Steve Young’s Hall of Fame NFL career. After a storied collegiate career at Brigham Young University, the Salt Lake City native went on to win a Super Bowl, claim two league MVP awards, and pass for more than 30,000 yards. He might well be one of the best left-handed quarterbacks of all time.
3. Damian Lillard
The former Weber State star becomes more of an NBA icon every season – and his stardom stretches from the basketball court to the recording studio. It’s hard to believe this late bloomer from a tiny college has blossomed into such a big-time superstar.
4. Johnny Miller
Most of us recognize his voice from his years as a golf analyst for NBC Sports, but he was a darn good golfer back in his athletic prime. The BYU grad won 25 PGA Tour events, including two majors – the 1973 U.S. Open and 1976 Open Championship. Not bad.
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