Famous Virginia Athletes

  • Virginia has produced some ballers, racers, swimmers and putters.

    Be surprised by which great athletes call Virginia home.

    These professionals and Olympians have represented Virginia in their various sports.

    Baseball | Basketball | Boxing | Football | Golf | Gymnastics | Martial Arts | Racing | Swimming | Tennis | Track & Field | Volleyball

     

    Baseball

    • David Wright  (1982- ) Norfolk; New York Mets (2004-present); BIO
    • Justin Verlander  (1983- ) Manakin-Sabot; Detroit Tigers (2005-present; Rookie of the Year; 2011 league MVP; 2011 Cy Young Award Winner); BIO
     

    Basketball

    • Moses Malone  (1955- ) Petersburg; Philadelphia 76ers (1983 league MVP) BIO
    • Ralph Sampson  (1960- ) Harrisonburg; Houston Rockets (1983-1988, Rookie of the Year); Golden State Warriors (1987-1989); Sacramento Kings (1989-1991); Washington Bullets (1991-1992) BIO
    • Alonzo Mourning  (1970- ) Chesapeake; Charlotte Hornets (1992-1995); Miami Heat (1995-2008; 1999, 2000 Defensive Player of the Year); Olympic Gold Medalist (Sydney 2000)  BIO
    • Allen Iverson (1975- ) Hampton; Philadelphia 76ers (1996-2006; Rookie of the Year, 2001 league MVP); Denver Nuggets (2007-2008); Detroit Pistons (2009). Olympic Bronze Medalist (Athens 2004) BIO
     

    Boxing

    • Pernell Whitaker (1964- ) Norfolk; aka "Sweet Pea"; multi Welterweight and Lightweight championships; International Boxing Hall of Fame (2007) BIO
     

    Football

    • Bill Dudley  (1921- ) Bluefield; Pittsburg Steelers; pro football Hall of Fame (1966) BIO
    • Willie Lanier  (1945- ) Clover; Kansas City Chiefs (1960-70); pro football Hall of Fame (1986) BIO
    • Bruce Smith  (1963- ) Norfolk; Outland Trophy winner at Virginia Tech (1984); Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins. BIO
    • Lawrence Taylor (1959- ) Williamsburg; New York Giants (1981-1993); pro football Hall of Fame (1999) BIO
    • Fran Tarkenton  (1940- ) Richmond; Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants; pro football Hall of Fame (1986) BIO
    • Atiim Kiambu Hakeem-ah "Tiki" Barber (1975- ) Roanoke; New York Giants (1997-2006); sports broadcaster; author BIO
    • Jamael Orondé "Ronde" Barber (1975- ) Roanoke; Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1997-present); Super Bowl XXXVII winner; author BIO
    • James Farrior (1975- ) Richmond; New York Jets (1997-2001); Pittsburgh Steelers (2002-present); Super Bowl XL and XLIII winner BIO
    • Plaxico Burress (1977- ) Norfolk; Pittsburg Steelers (2000-2004); New York Giants (2005-2008); New York Jets (2011)  BIO
    • Michael Vick (1980- ) Newport News; Atlanta Falcons (2001-2007); Philadelphia Eagles (2009-2013); New York Jets (2013-present) BIO
    • DeAngelo Hall (1983- ) Chesapeake; Atlanta Falcons (2004-2007); Oakland Raiders (2008); Washington Redskins (2008-present)BIO
    • Danny Aiken (1988- ) Roanoke; New England Patriots (2011-present)
    • Percy Harvin (1988- ) Virginia Beach; Minnesota Vikings (2009-2012); Seattle Seahwaks (2013); New York Jets (2014); Seattle Seahawks (2014-present) BIO
    • Darren Sharper (1975- ) Richmond; Green Bay Packers (1997-2004); Minnesota Vikings (2005-2008); New Orleans Saints (2009-2010) BIO
    • Erron Kinney (1977- ) Ashland; Tennessee Titans (2000-2005) BIO
    • Michael Robinson (1983- ) Richmond; San Francisco 49ers (2006-2009); Seattle Seahawks (2010-present); Super Bowl XLVIII winner. BIO
    • Kam Chancellor (1988- ) Norfolk; Seattle Seahawks (2010-present); Super Bowl XLVIII winner. BIO
    • Russell Wilson (1988- ) Richmond; Seattle Seahawks (2012-present); Super Bowl XLVIII winner. BIO
    • Chandler Fenner (1990- ) Virginia Beach; Seattle Seahawks (2012-2013), Super Bowl XLVIII winner; New York Giants (2014-present). BIO
    • Database of Football
     

    Golf

    • Sam Snead  (1912-2002) Hot Springs; three Masters titles, three PGA titles, one British Open title BIO
    • Curtis Strange (1955- ) Norfolk; U.S. Open champion (1988,1989); winner, Canadian Open (1985) BIO
    • Lanny Wadkins (1949- ) Richmond; PGA title (1977) BIO
     

    Gymnastics

    • Gabrielle Douglas (1995- ) Virginia Beach; Gymnast. Olympic Gold Medalist (London 2012). First African-American all-around gymnastics champion. BIO
     

    Martial Arts

    • Terrence Jennings (1986- ) Alexandria; Taekwondo. Member US Olympic Team (London 2012). BIO
     

    Racing

    • Wendell Scott  (1921-1990) Danville; First (and only, as of this publication) African-American to win a NASCAR race (1963); "State Hero" Resolution by the Virginia General Assembly (1991); International Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee (1999); Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Inductee (2000) BIO
    • Ward Burton  (1961- ) South Boston; Daytona 500 Winner (2002) BIO
    • Jeff Burton  (1967 -) South Boston; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year (1994) BIO
    • Stacy Compton (1967- ) Hurt; record average start position (4.9) for NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (1999) BIO
    • Denny Hamlin (1980- ) Chesterfield; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year (2006) BIO
    • Danny O'Quinn  (1985- ) Coeburn; NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year (2006) BIO
    • Ricky Rudd  (1956- ) Chesapeake; NASCAR's "Iron Man" with a Sprint Cup-record 788 consecutive starts (1981-2005); NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year (1977) BIO
    • Elliott Sadler  (1975- ) Emporia; runner-up for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year (1999) BIO
    • Hermie Sadler  (1969- ) Emporia; SpeedTV analyst and advocate for Autism; Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year (1993) BIO
    • Jon Wood  (1981- ) Stuart; Homestead-Miami 2007 Bud Pole Award Winner for NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series; Currently a free agent BIO
     

    Swimming

    • Whitney Hedgepeth  (1971- ) Colonial Heights; Three-time NCAA Champion, Gold and Silver Olympic Medalist (Atlanta 1996) BIO
    • Rada Owen  (1978- ) Chesterfield; member US Olympic Team (Sydney 2000) BIO
    • Matt McLean  (1988- ) Sterling; Olympic Gold Medalist (London 2012) BIO
     

    Tennis

     

    Track & Field

    • Kellie Wells (1982- ) Richmond; member US Olympic Team (London 2012) BIO
    • LaShawn Merritt (1986- ) Portsmouth; Olympic Gold Medalist (Beijing 2008) BIO
    • Francena McCorory (1988- ) Hampton; member US Olympic Team (London 2012). Indoor 400m World Record Holder (50.54) BIO
    • T'erea Brown (1989- ) Hampton; member US Olympic Team (London 2012) BIO
     

    Volleyball

    • Reid Priddy (1977- ) Richmond; Olympic Gold Medalist (Beijing 2008) BIO

     

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