Gerald Ford was a Nebraskan. For a while.
So were Max Baer, Mark Calcavecchia, Andy Roddick and Wade Boggs.
All were born in Nebraska but moved away before embarking down an athletic path during their high school years, which is a requirement for inclusion in the Nebraska Top 100.
Also not included in The World-Herald's list of the state's all-time greatest athletes were those who came to Nebraska from other states to compete in college. This eliminates the likes of 1983 Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier (Camden, N.J.), former Nebraska quarterbacks Turner Gill (Fort Worth, Texas) and Tommie Frazier (Bradenton, Fla.), Olympic wrestling gold medalist Rulon Gardner and former NU Olympic sprinter Merlene Ottey (Jamaica).
Ford, the 38th president, was an All-America football center at the University of Michigan. He was born in Omaha in 1913, but his mother fled from his abusive father and moved to Chicago, then Grand Rapids, Mich.
Some other stories:
Baer, the champion boxer, was born in Omaha in a house at 47th and W Streets, near present-day Hitchcock Park, in 1909. A year later, his father quit his job as a packinghouse butcher and returned to Denver.
Calcavecchia was 13 when the family of the winner of the 1989 British Open golf championship moved from Laurel, Neb., to Florida.
Roddick was 5 when the family of the 2003 U.S. Open tennis champion left Omaha for Texas.
Boggs was an infant when his father, a career Marine, moved the family of the future Baseball Hall of Famer from Omaha to Florida.
Other well-known athletes who left Nebraska during their childhood include current NBA players Fred Hoiberg (Lincoln) and Mark Pope (Omaha), former NBA player Rex Walters (Omaha) and former NFL All-Pro lineman Brian Holloway (Omaha). Pro soccer player Jason Kreis was an all-stater at Omaha Burke as a freshman before his family moved to Louisiana.
Then there are former Nebraska football players Sam Francis and Link Lyman. Francis was born in Dunbar, Neb., but the 1936 Heisman Trophy runner-up graduated from Oberlin, Kan. Lyman was born in Table Rock, Neb., but the Pro Football Hall of Famer graduated from McDonald Rural, a high school in northwest Kansas.
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BEST OF THE REST
Here is a list of other athletes considered for the Top 100 project:
Warren Alfson, Wisner; Joe American Horse, Gordon; Lewis Anderson, Genoa; Meghan Anderson, Omaha; Wally Anderzunas, Omaha; George Andrews, Omaha; Erika Anschutz, Grand Island; Joe Armstrong, Beatrice; Kelly Aspegren, Callaway.
Loren Babe, Omaha; Terrance Badgett, Omaha; Ritch Bahe, Fremont; Rex Barney, Omaha; Kimera Bartee, Omaha; Steve Bartek, Wahoo; Bobby Bass, Omaha; Roy Bassett, Hastings; Forrest Behm, Lincoln; Kim Behrends, Chappell; Diane Beideck, Omaha; Johnny Bender, Sutton; Bruce Benedict, Omaha; Maurice Benedict, Crete; Damon Benning, Omaha; Don Benning, Omaha; Kelli Benson, Grand Island; Andy Birkel, Lincoln; Joe Blahak, Columbus; Rodney Bliss, Omaha; Shelly Block, Gothenburg; Chris Bober, Omaha; Don Boll, Scribner; Rik Bonness, Bellevue; Shawn Bouwens, Lincoln; Doug Brandt, Hastings; Jackie Brandt, Omaha; Scott Bream, Omaha; Heather Brink, Lincoln; Lori Briscoe, Shickley; Dean Brittenham, Brady; Randy Brooks, Omaha; Don Brown, Omaha; Junior Bryant, Omaha; Duane Buchtel, Clay Center; Tim Burke, Omaha; Ed Burns, Omaha; Ted Butler, Lincoln.
Greg Carlberg, Omaha; Buddy Carlyle, Bellevue; Jason Christiansen, Elkhorn; Bruce Chubick, Atkinson; Bob Churchich, Omaha; Ely Churchich, Omaha; Jeff Churchich, Omaha; Donna Chvatal, North Bend; Mike Cielocha, Columbus; Kelly Cizek, Omaha; Bret Clark, Nebraska City; Ken Clark, Omaha; Jenna Cole, Lincoln; Cornie Collin, Omaha; Terry Connealy, Hyannis; Chris Cooper, Lincoln; Barney Cotton, Omaha; K.C. Cowgill, Grand Island; Braumon Creighton, Omaha; Dawn Crinklaw, Ralston; Jan Crouch, Lincoln; Darcy Cudaback, Exeter.
Maury Damkroger, Lincoln; Dick Davis, Omaha; Tom Davis, Omaha; Tony Davis, Tecumseh; Matt Davison, Tecumseh; Rob DeBoer, Omaha; Jim Decker, Omaha; Robert Decker, Omaha; Chris Dishman, Cozad; Elmer Dohrmann, Staplehurst; Mike Dugan, Omaha.
J.R. Edwards, Lincoln; Robert Eickholt, Omaha; Lawrence Ely, Grand Island; Bill Engelhardt, Omaha; Bret Erickson, Bennington; Karlene Erickson, Ericson; Tom Ernst, Columbus; Don Erway, Lincoln; Steve Erwin, Laurel; Ruth Evans, Omaha.
Bob Faris, Fremont; Cletus Fischer, St. Edward; Leodis Flowers, Omaha; Dennis Forrest, Omaha; Sarah Fredstrom, Omaha; Danny Fulton, Omaha; Mike Fultz, Lincoln.
Pernell Gatson, Omaha; Linda Gdowski, Fremont; Gerry Gdowski Jr., Fremont; Chad Geiger, Milford; John Gibson, Bellevue; Bobby Ginn, Madison; Jason Glock, Wahoo; Aaron Golliday, York; Ty Goode, Lincoln; Alex Gordon, Lincoln; Bob Gordon, LaVista; Richard Grace, Omaha; Pam Gradoville, Omaha; Bob Gratopp, Geneva; Jenny Green, Grand Island; Jim Gregory, Omaha; Harry Grimminger, Grand Island; Kip Gross, Gering; Herb Grote, Omaha.
Tom Haase, Aurora; Vic Halligan, North Platte; Gene Harmon, Schuyler; Jim Hawkins, Omaha; Kathy Hawkins, Omaha; Jessica Haynes, Omaha; Cindy Hays, Osceola; Mike Heck, Papillion; Tom Heller, Kearney; Elizabeth Herbek, Fairfield; Art Hernandez, Sidney; Jon Hesse, Lincoln; Barney Hill, Boys Town; Russ Hochstein, Hartington; Pat Hodges, Lexington; Carrie Hoehner, McCook; Bill Holliday, Wilsonville; Harry Hopp, Hastings; Frank Hoppe, Columbus, Christina Houghtelling, Cambridge; Ace Hudkins, Lincoln; Harold Hunt, North Platte; Cedric Hunter, Omaha.
Stacy Imming, Kearney; Guy Ingles, Omaha; Francis Irons, Fairbury; Mike Iseman, Fremont; Mallery Ivy, Omaha.
Bill Jackman, Grant; Dana Janssen, Lincoln; Jodi Janssen, Papillion-La Vista; Mary Lou Jasnoch, Oshkosh; Christy Johnson, Omaha; Clester Johnson, Bellevue; John C. Johnson, Omaha; Trevor Johnson, Lincoln; Calvin Jones, Omaha; Keith Jones, Omaha; Shona Jones, Hastings; Chuck Jura, Schuyler.
Kerry Karst, Lincoln; Chris Kelsay, Auburn; Kenton Keith, Omaha; Mike Kennedy, Omaha; Monte Kiffin, Lexington; Loren Killion, Kearney; Rich King, Omaha; John Kirby, David City; Ray Knaub, Scottsbluff; Richard Knaub, Scottsbluff; George "Bus" Knight, Lincoln; Marty Kobza, Schuyler; April Kockrow, Rushville; Bart Kofoed, Omaha; Kristie Korth, Columbus; Megan Korver, Panama; John Kroeker, Henderson; Jenny Kropp, Grand Island; Janet Kruse, Blair; Jodi Kruse, Blair; Jami Kubik, Cambridge; Nicole Kubik, Cambridge; Michelle Kush, Gibbon; Rod Kush, Omaha.
David Lammel, Omaha; Elizabeth Lange, Lincoln; Ralph Langer, Ainsworth; Kyle Larson, Kearney; Kurt Lauer, Gibbon; Marvon Layton, Gothenburg; Don Leahy, Omaha; David Lebsack, Lincoln; Oudious Lee, Omaha; Chris Leigh, Springfield; Jeff Leise, Omaha; Sue Lind, Albion; Max Linder, Plattsmouth; Bob Lingenfelter, Plainview; Mary Livingood, Omaha; Keefe Lodwig, Omaha; Lynae Loseke, Columbus.
Don Maclay, Auburn; Joel Makovicka, Brainard; Rita Makovicka, York; Susan Marchese, Omaha; Curtis Marshall, Omaha; Bob Martin, David City; Jim Mather, Arapahoe; John McCormick, Omaha; Rhonda McCormick, Madrid; Eugene "Hoppy" McCue, Alma; Jim McFarland, North Platte; Patrick McGill, Omaha; Joseph McGill, Omaha; Dan McGinn, Omaha; Bill McGuire, Omaha; John MacWilliams, Omaha; Andy Meyer, Superior; Rick Meyer, Superior; Paul Meyers, Omaha; Angie Miller, Wilber; Ruby Miller, Elm Creek; Tom Millsap, Grand Island; Jerry Minnick, Cambridge; Clarence Mitchell, Franklin; Bill Moomey, York; William Mountford, Red Cloud; Jerry Murtaugh, Omaha.
Lyle Nannen, Syracuse; R.J. Nebe, Omaha; John Neff, Fremont; Gary Neibauer, Scottsbluff; Derrie Nelson, Fairmont; Christy Neneman, Omaha; Joe Neuberger, Omaha; Quentin Neujahr, Ulysses; Nate Nielsen, Lincoln; Jill Noel, Lincoln; Bump Novacek, Gothenburg; Ray Novak, Omaha; Carol Nunnally, Lincoln.
Sondra Obermeier, Aurora; Kim Oden, Grand Island; Kim Ogee, Omaha; Chris Oliver, Omaha; Ray Oliver, Omaha; Roye Oliver, Omaha; Jed Ortmeier, Omaha.
Stan Parker, Bellevue; Robert Parsons, Lincoln; Amy Paulsen, Oakland; Kevin Penner, Aurora; Bill Pfeiff, Lincoln; Doug Phelps, Hastings; Warren Phillips, Omaha; Laura Pilakowski, Columbus; Ben Plucknett, Beatrice; Scott Poehling, Fremont; Zach Potter, Omaha; Don Purcell, Omaha; Everett "Pid" Purdy, Beatrice.
Kevin Ramaekers, Norfolk; Robert Rands, Bellevue; Jim Raschke, Omaha; Randy Raymond, Fremont; Kent Reckewey, Lincoln; Herb Reese, Omaha; Randy Reeves, Omaha; Sammie Resh, Shelton; Sam Reynolds, Omaha; Hugh Rhea, Arlington; Ray Richards, Pawnee City; Mark Rigatuso, Omaha; Katie Robinette, South Sioux City; Lisa Rohde, Hubbard; Herman Rohrig, Lincoln; Richard Ross, Lincoln; Barrett Ruud, Lincoln.
Carl Samuelson, Grand Island; John Sanders, Grand Island; Renee Saunders, Omaha Marian; Rochelle Schmidt, Indianola; Linda Schnitzler, Battle Creek; Enid Schonewise, Beatrice; Joel Sealer, Omaha; Ashley Selig, Lincoln; Anne Shadle, South Sioux City; Nora Shepherd, York; John Sherlock, Omaha; Dwight Siebler, Omaha; Tom Sieckmann, Omaha; Bob Siegel, Fairbury; Grant Simmons, Omaha; Robert Simmons, Lincoln; Ron Simmons, Sumner; Eugene Skinner, Omaha; Jim Skow, Omaha; Janet Smith, Omaha; Zane Smith, North Platte; Bill Smutz, Pawnee City; Russ Snyder, Oak; Billy Southworth, Harvard; Krissie Spanheimer, Omaha; Laura Spanheimer, Omaha; Matt Spethman, Lincoln; Cliff Squires, Lincoln; Virginia Stahr, Waco; Dusty Stamer, Grand Island; Joe Stecher, Dodge; Randy Stella, Omaha; Theresa Stelling, Auburn; Amy Stephens, Alliance; Chuck Stickels, Hastings; Jodi Stineman, Lincoln; Lonnie Stiner, Hastings; Alex Stivrins, Lincoln; Kim Storey, Bellevue; Kelly Stouffer, Rushville; Daryl Stovall, Bellevue; Darcy Stracke, Chambersl Stephanie Streeks, Gering; Nikki Stricker, Lincoln; Beth Stuart, Holdrege; Nick Svehla, Omaha; Shawn Swan, Ralston; Clarence Swanson, Wakefield.
Heather Taggart, Omaha; Cindy Tatum, North Platte; Jeff Taylor, Omaha; Fran ten Bensel, Arapahoe; Irv Thode, Loup City; Dean Thompson, Omaha; Ed Thompson, Cambridge; Tressa Thompson, Bloomfield; Tammy Thurman, Fremont; Laura Tietjen, Byron; E. Lee Todd, Max; Dale Toft, Grand Island; Coburn Tomson, Lincoln; Charlie Toogood, North Platte; Kathy Travis, Lincoln Christian; Mark Traynowicz, Bellevue; Adam Treu, Lincoln; Pat Tyrance, Omaha.
Mel Uher, Wilber-Clatonia; Jack Urban, Omaha; Karli Urban, Omaha.
Sam Vacanti, Omaha; Trudi Veerhusen, Adams; Tony Veland, Omaha; Bill Vincent, Omaha; Jaime Volkmer, Kearney.
Ernie Wach, Bartley; Larry Wachholtz, North Platte; Calvin Waggoner, Diller; Chad Wallace, Gordon; Dan Warthen, Omaha; Jackie Washington, Omaha; Betty Weir, Omaha; Dick Westin, Omaha; Jim White, Hastings; M.E. "Bus" Whitehead, Scottsbluff; Edsel Wibbels, Wolbach; Oscar Wiberg, Edgar; Gene Williams, Omaha; Joe Williams, Omaha; Virgil Williams, Omaha; Phil Wise, Omaha; Colby Wissel, Kearney; Willard "Dutch" Witte, Lincoln; Kristi Woodard, Bellevue; Danny Woodhead, North Platte; Tim Wurth, Omaha.
Rob Zatechka, Lincoln; Marvin Zimmerman, Nebraska City.