15 athletes you probably didn’t know are of Croatian heritage

  1. George Mikan- one of the pioneers of professional basketball and one of the founders of the American Basketball Association, also known as Mr. Basketball
  2. Rudy Tomjanovich- a legendary NBA player, coach of Houston Rockets, today a scout for LA Lakers
  3. Kevin McHale- one of the best players for The Celtics, a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee
  4. Bill Belichick-a five-times Super Bowl champion and coach of New England Patriots
  5. David Diehl- player for New York Giants
  6. Elvis Grbac- quarterback for the NFL, winner of Super Bowl with 49ers
  7. Mark Bosnic- Australian goalkeeper who spent a great time of his career in the English Premier League
  8. Mark Viduka- an Australian soccer player, also remembered as the part of Premier League
  9. Roger Maris- American professional baseball player in the 50s and 60s
  10. George Chuvalo- Heavyweight boxing champion
  11. Peter and Frank Mahlovich- legendary Canadian hockey player
  12. Frano Botica- legendary rugby player with an interesting Maori and Croatian heritage
  13. Simon Katich- Australian cricket legend
  14. Nikola Karabatic- one of the best handball players in the world
  15. Marty Pavelich- on of the top NHL player of his era. A Detroit Red Wings legend.
DAVIS CUP, Croatia won!
DAVIS CUP, Croatia won!

 

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