Jordan chosen as state’s best-ever athlete

October 3, 2018

To the surprise of no one, Illinois’ Top 200 voters have picked Michael Jordan as the state’s top athlete of the bicentennial.

Apparently, even in 2018, a lot of people want to be like Mike. Illinois’ bicentennial best of voters last week picked Jordan as the best athlete of the past two centuries.

Chris Wills, with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, said Jordan was the obvious choice on a list of outstanding athletes.

“He had such an incredible run in Chicago in the ’90s,” Wills said. “He was an incredible figure worldwide, really, so the fact that he would come out on top of this list of top Illinois athletes makes perfect sense.”

Dick Butkus, Walter Payton, Ernie Banks and Jackie Joyner-Kersee rounded out the top 5.

“When you have athletes like Frank Thomas and Isaiah Thomas — football and basketball legends, who don’t even make the top 10 — that tells you something about the depth of the athletic lineup in Illinois,” Wills said.

Voters are picking the state’s most influential women this week.

As always, people can vote at IllinoisTop200.com.

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