Sporting News is turning 135 in 2021 and to help us celebrate our birthday, we’re putting you to the test. Since SN was born as a print magazine in 1886, there have been many iconic sports legends who have graced the cover over the years. 

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Here’s seeing what you know and remember about them. How well can you answer these 25 questions about the biggest names in the biggest sports SN has covered since its founding?

  • Question 1: “Groundbreakers”

    What MLB legend was the first person to letter in four sports — baseball, basketball, football and track — at UCLA?

  • Answer 1

    Jackie Robinson. Two of his Bruins football teammates, Kenny Washington and Woody Strode, helped integrate the NFL.

  • Question 2: “Dear Basketball”

    Which NBA great won league MVP, Finals MVP, a league scoring title, All-Star Game MVP, the Slam Dunk Contest and an Academy Award?

  • Answer 2

    Kobe Bryant. Just two years before the late Lakers superstar tragically died in a helicopter crash in 2020, he accepted an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.

  • Question 3: “He Knows”

    Which all-time great athlete made the MLB All-Star Game in 1989 and the NFL Pro Bowl in 1990?

  • Answer 3

    Bo Jackson. He hit a leadoff home run a Royal in the All-Star Game. He rushed for 698 yards to earn his Pro Bowl nod a year later, but he did not play as a Raider.

  • Question 4: “Racing Into History”

    Who is the most recent driver to win a seventh NASCAR Cup Series championship?

  • Answer 4

    Jimmie Johnson. He joined “The King”, Richard Petty and “The Intimidator,” Dale Earnhardt Sr.

  • Question 5: “Greatness”

    Who has won the most Hart Trophies(nine) as NHL regular-season MVP?

  • Answer 5

    Wayne Gretzky. “The Great One” is the NHL all-time leader in goals, assists and total points. He has more assists than anyone else has points.

  • Question 6: “Let Him Reign”

    Who led his high school basketball team to a 101-6 record and won three state championships?

  • Answer 6

    LeBron James. The James legend was born as the prince of St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron, Ohio.

  • Question 7: “It Was Meant To Be”

    What defensive back, who won a national championship in the Rose Bowl and a Super Bowl ring in the Superdome, was born in Saint Rose, La.?

  • Answer 7

    Ed Reed. He won big with the Miami Hurricanes and the Baltimore Ravens.

  • Question 8: “Gamebreakers”

    Who holds the NFL record for most receiving touchdowns (23) in a single season?

  • Answer 8

    Randy Moss. He did it for the Patriots catching passes from Tom Brady in 2007.

  • Question 9: “Big Men”

    Who was the No. 1 pick in the 2002 NBA Draft?

  • Answer 9

    Yao Ming. The Houston Rockets took the stout, skilled 7-6 center from China.

  • Question 10: “Planebreakers”

    Who holds the NFL record for most rushing TDs (28) in a single season?

  • Answer 10

    LaDainian Tomlinson. The Chargers legend had 31 total TDs that season and won 2006 NFL MVP.

  • Question 11: “Bluebloods”

    Which coach has the most wins in Division I college basketball history?

  • Answer 11

    Mike Krzyzewski. Coach K has 1,097 wins after the 2020-21 season and no other Division I coach has reached 1,000.

  • Question 12: “Captains”

    Who is No. 6 all-time in MLB career hits with 3,465?

  • Answer 12

    Derek Jeter. The former Yankees shortstop trails only Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial and Tris Speaker.

  • Question 13: “Even Bigger Men”

    Who is No. 8 all time in NBA scoring, right behind Wilt Chamberlain?

  • Answer 13

    Shaquille O’Neal. He won two regular-season scoring titles, first with the Magic in 1995 and second with the Lakers in 2000.

  • Question 14: “Big Games”

    Who is the only player in NBA history to score 50 or more points in consecutive playoff games?

  • Answer 14

    Michael Jordan. He dropped 50 and 55 points in the first two games of a Bulls series against the Cavaliers in 1988.

  • Question 15: “Firsts”

    Who was the first player in NCAA FBS history to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season?

  • Answer 15

    Vince Young. He did it in his spectacular national championship season for Texas in 2005 with 3,036 yards passing and 1,050 yards rushing.

  • Question 16: “Hitting Machines”

    Who was the last MLB player to bat higher than .390 in a season?

  • Answer 16

    Tony Gwynn. The Padres legend hit his career high of .394 in 1994.

  • Question 17: “Passing Marks”

    Who holds the record for the most three-TD passing games in the Super Bowl (four)?

  • Answer 17

    Tom Brady. He added his fourth in Super Bowl 55 with three first-half scores against the Chiefs in the Buccaneers’ 31-9 rout.

  • Question 18: “Give Him Five”

    Which NHL star scored goals five ways — even strength, shorthanded, power play, penalty shot and empty net — on Dec. 31, 1988?

  • Answer 18

    Mario Lemieux. “Super Mario” did it for the Penguins and no other player has accomplished this before or since.

  • Question 19: “Unbreakable”

    Who holds the MLB record for most career total bases with 6,856?

  • Answer 19

    Hank Aaron. The late Braves slugger also holds the record for most career RBIs (2,297) and extra-base hits (1,477).

  • Question 20: “Rushing Up The List”

    Who is No. 5 all time in NFL rushing yards with 14,820?

  • Answer 20

    Adrian Peterson. He trails only Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton, Frank Gore and Barry Sanders.

  • Question 21: “More Big Games”

    Which college basketball player scored 44 points on 21-of-22 field-goal attempts to help his team win the 1973NCAA championship game?

  • Answer 21

    Bill Walton. He ensured UCLA would wrap up a seventh consecutive title under John Wooden by throwing down on Memphis.

  • Question 22: “Sluggers”

    Who was the first player in MLB history to hit 100 home runs for three different clubs?

  • Answer 22

    Reggie Jackson. The Hall of Famer did it for the Athletics, Yankees and Angels.

  • Question 23: “Triple Threats”

    Paul Hornung and Earl Campbell are two of three players to win a Heisman Trophy, go No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft and end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Who is the third?

  • Answer 23

    O.J. Simpson. He ran to the 1968 Heisman for USC before being drafted first by the Bills in 1969. He was inducted into Canton in 1985.

  • Question 24: “Crossovers”

    What two-time Cy Young Award winner was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round of the 1984 NHL Draft, ahead of Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille?

  • Answer 24

    Tom Glavine. The Braves took him in the second round of the 1984 MLB Draft. The 10-time All-Star was also World Series MVP in 1995 and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.

  • Question 25: “First Family”

    How many combined Pro Bowls did Archie, Eli and Peyton Manning make in their careers?

  • Answer 25

    20. Archie Manning was named to two. Eli Manning made it four times. Peyton Manning got 14 nods.





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