If you’re a true Minnesota sports fan, you never let cold weather stop you from going to a game and you’re fiercely loyal. You can also rattle off a list of your favorite sports icons in a heartbeat when asked. Just wondering, are these seven Minnesota sports stars on it?
- Joe Mauer. This hometown boy made his debut with the Twins in 2004, and has been making Minnesota sports fans proud ever since. Mauer is often considered to be one of the best hitting catchers ever to play baseball. He took the American League MVP title in 2009, but what many people don’t know about Mauer is that he was the No. 1 ranked high school football player in the country before he started playing professional baseball. He was also the only person to win Gatorade National Player of the Year in both football and baseball.
- Kirby Puckett. One of baseball’s greatest players grew up in a housing project on Chicago’s South Side, but went on to be the Twins’ all-time leader in career hits, runs, doubles, and total bases. At the time of Puckett’s retirement, his .318 career batting average was the highest by any right-handed American League batter since Joe DiMaggio.
- Kevin Garnett. Drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves directly out of high school in 1995, Garnett was the star of the franchise for 12 seasons until his 2007 trade to the Boston Celtics. He won a championship in his first season with the Celtics, moved to the Brooklyn Nets in 2013, and then returned to Minnesota in 2015. He retired after 21 seasons, leaving a Minnesota sports legacy as one of the best defensive players in NBA history.
- Mike Modano. There’s no denying that this former Minnesota North Stars player is an icon in the world of the NHL. Modano’s credentials read as follows: Hall of Famer; 561 career goals and 1,374 points, a Stanley Cup in 1999, and member of a groundbreaking group of players who succeeded in winning the inaugural World Cup of Hockey in 1996.
- Adrian Peterson. This NFL running back set a record for the most rushing yards in a single game following his first season as a professional player with the Minnesota Vikings. He went on to receive the NFL MVP Award and the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award for the 2012 NFL season. In addition, he was ranked No. 1 on the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2013.
- Tom Lehman. Born in the city of Austin, Tom Lehman started his professional golf career in 1982. While his tournament wins may only include one major title, the 1996 Open Championship, but he is the only golfer in history to have been awarded the Player of the Year honor on all three PGA Tours (the regular PGA Tour, the Web.com Tour and the Champions Tour).
- Randy Moss. Moss is often considered among the greatest wide receivers of all time. During his first year with the Vikings he set an NFL rookie record with 17 receiving touchdowns, was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, and earned All-Pro honors. Minnesota scored the most points in NFL history that season and posted a 15–1 record before losing in the National Football Conference championship game.
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