Muhammad Ali, Vince Lombardi among sports figures in Donald Trump’s National Garden of American Heroes

When the proposed National Garden of American Heroes is completed, there will be enough statues of sports figures there to field one side of a football team.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday with a long list of historical figures chosen "for embodying the American spirit of daring and defiance, excellence and adventure, courage and confidence, loyalty and love."

The nine athletes and two coaches are:

Muhammad Ali (1942-2016): He's considered the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time. He upset Sonny Liston in 1964 to win the championship and won the title two other times. He was known for his showmanship and for being a conscientious objector in the Vietnam War. 

Muhammad Ali. (Photo: ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Herb Brooks (1937-2003): He coached the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that upset the Soviet Union in the Miracle on Ice on the way to a gold medal in Lake Placid, New York.

Kobe Bryant (1978-2020): The Los Angeles Lakers star won five NBA championships. The 18-time All-Star ranks fourth all time with 33,643 points. 

Roberto Clemente (1934-72): The 15-time All-Star won four batting titles, one MVP award and two World Series with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was known for his humanitarian efforts and was on his way to delivering supplies to Nicaragua earthquake victims when he died in a plane crash. Baseball's humanitarian award is named after him.

Lou Gehrig (1903-41): The two-time MVP won six World Series championships with the New York Yankees. He played in 2,130 consecutive games, a record that stood until Cal Ripken broke it 56 years later.

Vince Lombardi (1917-70): The legendary Green Bay Packers coach won five NFL championships, including the first two Super Bowls.

Jesse Owens (1913-80): The track and field star won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. He did it in front of Adolf Hitler, destroying the German leader's hopes that the Olympics would prove Aryan superiority.

Jackie Robinson (1919-72): He broke baseball's color barrier when he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers. He won rookie of the year in 1947, was MVP in 1949 and was a six-time All-Star. Major League Baseball has retired his No. 42.

Babe Ruth (1895-1948): The New York Yankees slugger held the major league record of 714 home runs until Henry Aaron broke it in 1974. He won seven World Series championships.

Jim Thorpe (1887-1953): He was considered one of history's most versatile athletes. The Native American won two Olympic gold medals in 1912 and also played football, baseball and basketball.

Cy Young (1867-1955): The pitcher dominated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and finished with 511 career wins. MLB's pitching award is named after him.

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