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We proudly present the Leaders and Best in 50 States, a comprehensive list of the best athletes to wear the Maize and Blue from each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The University of Michigan athletics media relations office in cooperation with the Bentley Historical Library went through thousands of names of great U-M athletes from all over the country to choose the best of the best. Our decisions are a product of much deliberation and debate and though some may not agree with every selection, we'd love to hear what you think. Email us your comments at bestin50states@umich.edu.

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MICHIGAN: Bennie Oosterbaan
Bennie Oosterbaan (Muskegon)
Football, Men's Basketball, Baseball

• Three-sport star Bennie Oosterbaan was Michigan's first three-time All-American in football and was an all-conference basketball and baseball player, earning the maximum nine letters in his college career. He was a Big Ten batting champ, Big Ten basketball scoring champ and Big Ten touchdown leader in football. He went on to coach football, basketball and baseball at Michigan, leading the 1948 football team to a national title and earning national Coach of the Year honors. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and also served as athletic director at U-M.



2. Jim Abbott, Baseball
3. Ron Kramer, Football, Men's Basketball, Men's Track
4. Tiffany Ofili, Women's Track
5. Peter Vanderkaay, Men's Swimming
6. Rick Leach, Football, Baseball
7. Glen Rice, Men's Basketball
8. Mark Churella, Wrestling
9. Kevin Porter, Ice Hockey
10. Chuck Kocsis, Men's Golf
11. Braylon Edwards, Football
12. Betsey Armstrong, Women's Water Polo
13. Jennie Ritter, Softball
14. Jake Long, Football
15. Rudy Tomjanovich, Men's Basketball
16. Diane Dietz, Women's Basketball
17. Gerald Ford, Football
18. LaMarr Woodley, Football
19. Jalen Rose, Men's Basketball
20. Steve Fraser, Wrestling

OHIO: Charles Woodson
CALIFORNIA: Tyler Clary
ILLINOIS: Cazzie Russell
WISCONSIN: Talor Bendel
PENNSYLVANIA: Eric Namesnik
FLORIDA: Anthony Carter
MINNESOTA: Tom Malchow
NEW YORK: Mike Hart
INDIANA: Tom Harmon
ALASKA: Josh Blackburn
HAWAII: Vera Simms
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Len Ford
PUERTO RICO: Fernando Canales
NEW MEXICO: Steve Ontiveros
ARIZONA: Grace Leutele
UTAH: Rawson Hosmer
OKLAHOMA: Bill Watson
IDAHO: Erin McGovern
WYOMING: Don Bracken
MONTANA: Tyrel Todd
WASHINGTON: Carl Johnson
NORTH DAKOTA: Bob Wiese
SOUTH DAKOTA: Dan Dworsky
NEBRASKA: Sarah Cain
COLORADO: Eddie Tolan
WEST VIRGINIA: Howard Yerges
NEVADA: Molly Bausher
OREGON: Brent Lang
KANSAS: Jerame Tuman
TEXAS: Stephanie Johnson
IOWA: Mary Fischbach
MAINE: Charles Carter
MISSOURI: Kellyn Tate
ARKANSAS: James "Jim" Pace
MISSISSIPPI: Jeremy LeSueur
ALABAMA: Charles Fonville
KENTUCKY: Bubba Paris
TENNESSEE: Davis Tarwater
LOUISIANA: Anthony Thomas
NORTH CAROLINA: Tripp Welborne
RHODE ISLAND: Jeff Jillson
VERMONT: Ray Fisher
VIRGINIA: Tom Dolan
NEW HAMPSHIRE: John Mortimer
SOUTH CAROLINA: Kate Maxim
MASSACHUSETTS: Mike Leach
MARYLAND: Mike Barrowman
GEORGIA: Eric Wunderlich
CONNECTICUT: Justin Toman
DELAWARE: Chris Brady & Kaitlyn Brady
NEW JERSEY: Lindsey Gallo
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