Greatest Athlete in Connecticut History Tournament: Bob Skoronski vs. Rob Dibble

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It’s summertime, and that means it’s time for another SportzEdge ® Bracket-style, 64-team tournament! Feel the excitement!!!

Last year, we changed the course of modern human civilization with the Coolest NCAA Logo Tournament, which became a national phenomenon along the lines of a presidential election, Caitlyn Jenner’s ESPY speech, or DeAndre Jordan changing his mind about where he wants to play basketball.

This year, we decided to take on a question scholars have been debating since the 1800’s, maybe.

Who is the greatest athlete in Connecticut history?

There are plenty of outstanding candidates, from Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, to four-time Boston Marathon champion Bill Rogers, to all-time great featherweight boxer Willie Pep.

The athletes we considered must have grown up in Connecticut, and we counted only their prowess on the playing field, so coaches, executives and contributors like Walter Camp were not considered.

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6. Bob Skoronski

NFL tackle, Green Bay Packers: 1956-1968

Derby

Skoronski went to high school at Fairfield College Preparatory School and, then, atteneded Indiana Univeristy. He played 12 NFL seasons, all with the Green Bay Packers. With them, Skoronski won five NFL Championships. He was a Pro Bowler and he was selected to the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.

(AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)
(AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)

11. Rob Dibble

MLB relief pitcher, Cincinnati Reds: 1988-95

Southington

Famous for being one of the “Nasty Boys,” and brawling with manager Lou Piniella (literally wrestling to the floor), Dibble helped pitch the Cincinnati Reds to the 1990 World Series title. The Southington High grad was named the 1990 NLCS MVP and reached 500 strikeouts in just 368 innings, which was faster than any pitcher in modern baseball history. The two-time All-Star finished his career with a 27-25 record, 645 strikeouts, a 2.98 ERA, and 89 saves.

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