Bubba Starling is line to become one of the greatest athletes ever in the Kansas City area. I wrote a recruiting story Friday about the impressive two-sport athlete from Gardner, Kan. I mention that because the list that Starling is trying to climb onto is impressive:
Great Kansas City-area athletes (Gardner, Kan. is located about 30 miles southwest of the city center)
David Cone -- played in high school at Kansas City Rockhurst which, at the time he attended, didn't offer baseball. You probably remember him as a standout pitcher with the Royals, Yankees and Mets.
Frank White -- multiple Gold Glove winner. Locals argue that White should be in the Hall of Fame.
Rick Sutcliffe -- former Cubs star has built an impressive broadcasting career
Albert Pujols -- Yeah, Albert Pujols if you consider he only went to high school (Fort Osage) and junior college (Maplewoods) in the Kansas City area.
Darren Sproles -- Olathe (Kan.) North, Kansas State and San Diego Chargers running back.
Josh Freeman -- Rising quarterback star with the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Ryan Lilja -- Late blooming offensive lineman from suburban Kansas City and Kansas State who won a Super Bowl with the Colts.
Kareem and Brandon Rush -- The famous Rush brothers each play/played in the NBA. Kareem went to Missouri. Brandon won a national championship with Kansas.
Earl Watson -- Former Kansas City, Kan. Washington High star went on to play at UCLA and in the NBA.
Lucius Allen -- Played for some of John Wooden's great teams at UCLA, then the NBA.
Larry Drew -- Current coach of the Atlanta Hawks played for three NBA teams and under Norm Stewart on some great Missouri teams.
Anthony Peeler -- best known as the former Missouri star who once scored 43 at Allen Fieldhouse.
Jon Sunvold -- Sharp-shooting bomber was a star at Missouri and had a solid NBA career.
Warren Armstrong (Jabali) -- They still talk about his high school exploits here. Armstrong starred at Wichita State, then played eight years in the ABA changing his last name to Jabali.
Maurice Greene -- world-class sprinter from Kansas City, Kan.