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Kurt Thomas Jerry Sturm Jerry Newson • Leading scorer for three years at Indiana State University 1965 through 1968 • Led team to runner-up in 1968 NCAA Division II tournament and named MVP of the tournament • Inducted into Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and Indiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame • Drafted 74th overall by Boston Celtics in 1968 NBA draft and was drafted by the Indiana Pacers of the ABA • All-around athlete at Gerstmeyer High School in football, basketball and track • After playing football for one year at University of Illinois, played 15 years of professional football in the Canadian Football League, the American Football League and the National Football League • Was an American Football League All-Star in 1964 and 1966 Steve Weatherford • Native of Terre Haute and was outstanding athlete in track, soccer, football and basketball at Terre Haute North High School • Attended University of Illinois on a football scholarship as a punter breaking Dike Edelman’s school record of 43 yards per punt with an average of 44.5 yards per punt in 2003 • Also competed in track and field in the long jump, high jump, 60m hurdles, shot put and heptathlon • Signed with New Orleans Saints as undrafted free agent in 2006 and played for the Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets before signing with the New York Giants in 2011 • Played in Super Bowl XLVI with the Giants when they defeated the New England Patriots and averaged 40.8 yards per punt Bud Taylor • Boxer known as the “Blonde Terror of Terre Haute” held the National Boxing Association World Bantamweight Championship in 1927 • Inducted into the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame in 1986 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005 Anthony Thompson • Was a Parade All-American and All-State running back at Terre Haute North High School • Attended Indiana University winning the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Award in 1989 and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting • Was selected by the Phoenix Cardinals in the second round of the 1990 NFL draft and played in 37 games with the Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams, scoring six touchdowns • Attended Indiana State University where he was a five time-NCAA champion in men’s gymnastics and led the men’s gymnastics team to the 1977 NCAA national championship • Was named to the 1976 men’s Olympic gymnastics team • Won the 1979 Nissen Award and the 1979 James E. Sullivan Award after winning six medals at the World Championships • Inducted into the Indiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame in 2010 Greg Oden • Moved to Terre Haute in 1997 and played basketball at Sarah Scott Middle School before moving to Indianapolis, leading Lawrence North High School to three consecutive IHSAA titles 2004 through 2006 • Named Indiana Mr. Basketball in 2006 • Went to Ohio State and led basketball team to NCAA championship game • Drafted with the first pick of the 2007 NBA draft by the Portland Trailblazers Dizzy Trout • Signed contract with Terre Haute Tots and compiled a 30-8 record after 38 ap- pearances for Terre Haute in the Three-I League • Played next three years (1936-1938) in Indianapolis, Toledo and in Beaumont and went 22-6 with a 2.12 ERA • Made his major league debut with Detroit Tigers in 1939 and ended his career with a record of 170-161 with a 3.23 ERA and 1,256 strikeouts with the Tigers, Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles • Inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981 John Wooden • Resided in Terre Haute from 1946 through 1948 and was the athletic director and head basketball coach at Indiana State Teachers College (Indiana State University) • In 1948 Wooden led the Sycamores to the conference title and coached them to the NAIB National Tournament final losing to Louisville, the only championship game a Wooden-coached team every lost • Went to UCLA in the 1948-49 season and won 10 NCAA Championships during his tenure and is considered the greatest coach in the history of college basketball SPORTS | Guide to Terre Haute • 27