The Greatest Philadelphia Athletes of All Time
Philadelphia is a city with a rich history of sports. From the Flyers to the Sixers and the Eagles, Philly has produced some of the best athletes in history.
Indeed, it is a city that is incredibly passionate about sports, too, and Pennsylvania was one of the first states to implement regulations that permitted legal sports betting in the US, which appears to have had a knock-on effect on Canada, too, especially as there is a growing trend in the sports-mad province of Ontario where punters are starting to ask “what are the best sports betting sites in Ontario“ now that they have been permitted the same type of betting experiences as Philly.
In this blog post, we will take a look at the greatest Philadelphia athletes of all time. These are the men and women who have put Philadelphia on the map and brought home championship after championship. So without further ado, let’s get started!
The first athlete on our list is none other than the great Wilt Chamberlain. Chamberlain was a Philly native, took Overbrook High to the city title and played at Kansas. He is widely considered the best basketball player of all time. He played for the Sixers from 1965 to 1968 and helped lead them to an NBA Championship in 1967. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978 and his No. 13 jersey has been retired by the Sixers. He holds the record for the most points in an NBA game with 100 and is also the only player in NBA history to average more than 50 points per game in a season.
Kobe Bryant may have been born in Philadelphia, but he spent most of his childhood in Italy. He was a superstar for Lower Merion High School and went on to have one of the greatest NBA careers of all time. He won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and was named an All-Star 18 times. He was also MVP of the NBA Finals twice and became the first player in history to win an Oscar and an NBA championship.
Marvin Harrison is another Philly native who had a stellar NFL career after playing at Roman Catholic High and Syracuse. He played for the Colts from 1996 to 2008 and was an eight-time Pro Bowler. He is the Colts’ all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards, having amassed 1,102 receptions and 14,580 receiving yards, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.
The last of the greatest athletes wasn’t born in Philly but arrived when he was 15 from Beaufort, SC:
Frazier was a heavyweight boxing champion who dominated the sport in the 1970s. He won the gold medal at the 1968 Olympics and went on to have a professional career that saw him become the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World. He had some legendary fights with Muhammad Ali, including the “Thrilla in Manila” which is widely considered one of the greatest boxing matches of all time. Frazier passed away in 2011 but will always be remembered as one of Philly’s finest athletes.
So there you have it, the greatest Philadelphia athletes of all time! These are just a few of the many greats that this city has produced over the years. Who knows what future stars will come out of Philly? One thing is for sure, they have a tough act to follow.