Kevin Durant, Michael Phelps among D.C.'s 25 most famous athletes
Local Ties: Born in Suitland, Maryland, Durant played high school basketball in the D.C. area at Montrose Christian School, National Christian Academy and Oak Hill Academy.
Bio: After being drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder from the University of Texas, Durant quickly emerged as one of the league's best players.
He is an eight-time NBA All-Star, a former league MVP in 2014 and a former Rookie of the Year award winner in 2008.
The Maryland native won his first NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors last season, as well as the Finals MVP award.
Bio: Davis was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2006 NFL Draft.
He spent nearly 10 seasons with the 49ers, where he grabbed 55 receiving touchdowns and collected 5,640 yards.
After a stint with the Denver Broncos and a brief return to the 49ers, the Washington Redskins signed the veteran tight-end in 2016. Since then, he's grabbed three touchdowns and collected 895 receiving yards for Washington in less than two seasons.
Local Ties: Born in Washington D.C., Ledecky grew up in Bethesda and attended Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart prep school.
Bio: At only 20-years-old, Ledecky is already one of the most decorated swimmers in the sport.
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Ledecky won individual gold for the 200-, 400- and 800-meter freestyle events — the first woman to do so since the 1968 Olympics. She also won an additional gold medal and a silver for the 4x200-meter freestyle and 4x100 freestyle relays, respectively.
Ledecky is currently swimming for Stanford, where she has already set multiple NCAA records. The DMV native continues to prove her dominance in swimming and has shown no signs of slowing down.
Local Ties: Born in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Diggs played high school football at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Montgomery County and college football for the University of Maryland.
Bio: Diggs was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Since then, he has taken on a role as one of the Viking's top receiving threats.
In his rookie season, Diggs led the Vikings in receptions and receiving yards. Then in his second season, Diggs collected 84 receptions, three touchdowns and nearly 1,000 yards.
Although Diggs has struggled with injury this season, he is still one of the Vikings' leading receivers.
Sugar Ray Leonard
Local Ties: Leonard was born in North Carolina but spent most of his childhood in Palmer Park, Maryland. He attended Parkdale High School in Prince George's County.
Bio: With wins over boxing greats like Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler, Leonard is one of the greatest boxers to ever set foot in the ring.
Before becoming a professional boxer, Leonard won Olympic gold at the 1976 games in Montreal.
He would go on to win multiple titles at the welterweight, middleweight and light heavyweight divisions.
Leonard retired from boxing in 1997 with a (36-3-1) overall record.
Local Ties: Though Anthony was born in Brooklyn, he spent much of his childhood in Baltimore, where he played high school basketball for Towson Catholic before making the move to Oak Hill Academy.
Bio: After Anthony won the NCAA Championship with Syracuse in 2003, he was drafted to the Denver Nuggets with the third overall pick.
Since then, Anthony has played for the New York Knicks and now the Oklahoma City Thunder. The small-forward has established himself as one of the best scorers in the game.
Anthony is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, 10-time NBA All-Star and was the league scoring champion in 2013. Even at 33, Anthony is still an elite scorer.
Local Ties: Wake was born in Beltsville, Maryland, and played high school football at DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville.
Bio: After graduating from Penn State, the defensive back went undrafted and later had a short and successful stint in the CFL with the B.C. Lions.
In two seasons with the Lions, Wake earned several honors including the league's Most Outstanding Rookie award in 2007 and the Most Outstanding Defensive Player awards for 2007 and 2008.
The Beltsville native later signed with the Miami Dolphins, where he has continued to find success on the gridiron, earning five Pro Bowl selections and racking up 87.5 in nine seasons.
Local Ties: Phelps was born in Baltimore, Maryland, where he started his swimming training at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club
Bio: At 32-year-old, Phelps is the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympic games.
With 23 gold medals and 28 medals overall, Phelps has had a long and successful Olympic swimming career.
Phelps competed in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney when he was only 15. Although he didn't win a medal in Sydney, Phelps would go on to dominate in Athens, Beijing, London and Rio.
Phelps officially retired from the sport on August 12, 2016.
Bio: After a couple standout seasons with Penn State, Bowman was drafted in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
With San Francisco, Bowman became one of the most talented linebackers in the league. He was named to three Pro Bowls and earned four First-team All-Pro honors.
After nearly eight seasons in San Francisco, the Niners released Bowman in 2017. He later signed by the Oakland Raiders on Oct. 16.
Local Ties: Oladipo was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, and grew up in the Upper Marlboro area of Prince George's County. He later attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville to play basketball.
Bio: After three seasons at Indiana University, Oladipo was drafted to the Orlando Magic with the second overall-pick of the 2013 NBA Draft.
With the Magic, Oladipo found immediate success as a rookie, earning NBA All-Rookie Team honors in 2014. In three seasons with the Magic, Oladipo averaged nearly 16 points per game, four rebounds and four assists.
In 2016, Oladipo was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he played a single season before being traded yet again, this time to the Indiana Pacers.
Local Ties: Ogden is a native of Washington D.C., where he played high school football for St. Albans School before being recruited by UCLA.
Bio: After four successful years at UCLA, the Baltimore Ravens drafted Ogden in 1996 with the fourth overall pick.
During his career with Baltimore, Ogden won a Super Bowl in 2001 and was named to 11 Pro Bowls. The D.C. native was also selected as part of the NFL's 2000s All-Decade Team.
Ogden played 12 seasons with the Ravens before officially retiring from football in 2008. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
Local Ties: Snyder is a native of Woodbine, Maryland. He wrestled at Out Lady of Good Counsel High School in Montgomery County before being recruited to Ohio State.
Bio: At 21-years-old, Snyder is already one of the most decorated wrestlers in the sport's history. In high school, Snyder amassed an impressive 179-0 record.
So far with Ohio State, Snyder has won two NCAA Championships in the heavyweight division (285 pounds), two Big Ten titles and the NCAA Championship's Most Outstanding Wrestler award in 2016.
The Maryland native became the youngest Olympic wrestling champion in United States history after he won a gold medal at 97 kilograms at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
Local Ties: Hill moved to Reston, Virginia and grew up there after his father Calvin Hill was traded to the Redskins. Hill played at South Lakes High School before being recruited by Duke.
Bio: Hill won two national championships with Duke and several other honors before he was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 1994 with the third overall pick.
The seven-time NBA All-Star went on to have success with several other teams, including the Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns.
He scored 17,137 points in his career and was the league's Co-Rookie of the Year in 1995.
Hill officially retired from the NBA in 2013 after playing 19 seasons.
Local Ties: Westbrook was born in Fort Washington, Maryland and played high school football at DeMatha Catholic.
Bio: Westbrook played at Villanova for two seasons before the Philadelphia Eagles drafted him in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft.
With the Eagles and San Francisco 49ers, Westbrook had 6,335 career rushing yards, 41 rushing touchdowns and nearly 4,000 receiving yards.
The two-time Pro Bowler retired from football in 2012 and was later inducted to the Eagles Hall of Fame in 2015.
Local Ties: Green is a native of Cheverly, Maryland and he played basketball for Northwestern High School in Prince George's County before being recruited by Georgetown.
Bio: Green earned several awards and accolades at Georgetown before being drafted by the Boston Celtics and later traded to the Seattle SuperSonics in 2007.
After three season with the SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder, Green was traded back to the Celtics where he averaged 15 points and four rebounds per game in two seasons.
Green would go on to play for the Grizzlies, Clippers and Magic before signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017.
Bio: While at Florida, Haden was named a unanimous All-American in 2009, the same year he and his team won a national championship.
The Cleveland Browns drafted the cornerback in 2010 with the seventh overall pick. Haden found success with the Browns and was a Pro-Bowler in 2013 and 2014.
The Browns released Haden in 2017. He later signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers the same day he was released.
Bio: Krieger played four years at Penn State, where she earned multiple honors for her outstanding performances as a defender.
After college, the 33-year-old found success at the professional level with teams like the Washington Spirit, Washington Freedom and FFC Frankfurt. She currently plays for the Orlando Pride in the NWSL.
Krieger also has 98 caps with the United States Women’s National Team. She was part of the 2011 and the winning 2015 Women's World Cup teams for the United States.
Local Ties: Darby was born in Oxon Hill, Maryland. He played football for Potomac High School before playing for Florida State in college.
Bio: With Florida State, Darby won three ACC championships and one National Championship in 2013.
Darby ended up having an impressive rookie season with 61 solo tackles, 21 pass deflections and two interceptions.
Then in 2017, the Bills traded Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles. Although he has struggled with injury, Darby has proven he can be a defensive difference maker when healthy.
Local Ties: Hamid is a native of Annandale, Virginia. He played soccer at Annandale High School and later DeMatha Catholic.
Bio: Hamid signed to D.C. United in 2009 and made his professional debut a year later when he was only 19.
The Virginia native quickly became one of the league's top goalkeepers. In 2012, Hamid had 88 saves and only allowed 24 goals. Two years later, he was voted the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year.
Local Ties: Davis is a native of Washington, D.C., and he played football for Dunbar High School.
Bio: Davis played at Illinois for three years and received First-Team All-Big Ten honors twice.
He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. While at Miami, Davis established himself as one of the AFC East's top cornerbacks.
Davis was later traded to the Indianapolis Colts in 2012 for a second-round draft pick. Davis continued to dominate with the Colts and earned Pro Bowl selections in 2014 and 2015.
Local Ties: Beasley is a native of Cheverly, Maryland. He played high school basketball all over the DMV before moving to Massachusetts to play for Notre Dame Prep.
He played with the Heat for two seasons before being traded to the Timberwolves, where he averaged 19.2 points a game in 2011.
The Prince George's County native would go on to play for several other NBA teams including the Rockets, Bucks and Suns. He also played two seasons in China.
Beasley currently plays for the New York Knicks.
Local Ties: Ngakoue played football for Friendship Collegiate Academy Public Charter School in Washington D.C. He later played for the University of Maryland in college.
Bio: Ngakoue was a major difference-maker for the Terps during his three years in College Park. In 2015, he broke the school's single-season sacks record with 13.5 total sacks as a junior.
Since then, the defensive end has developed into one of the Jaguars' biggest playmakers on defense.
Local Ties: Maroulis is a native of Rockville, Maryland. She attended Macgruder High School before moving to Marquette, Michigan.
Bio: While at MacGruder, Maroulis became the first ever girl to place in the Maryland Wrestling State Championships.
She later wrestled at Simon Fraser University where she became a four-time WCWA women’s college national champion.
After years of competing in the World Championships, Maroulis competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. There, she became the first American to win an Olympic gold medal in women's freestyle wrestling.
Local Ties: Heyward-Bey was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. He played football for McDonogh School and later the University of Maryland.
Bio: With the Terps, Heyward-Bey had the second most career receiving yards in the school's history with 2,089.
In four seasons with the Raiders, Heyward-Bey had 2,071 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.
He was later released by the Raiders but signed with the Colts in 2013. Heyward-Bey joined the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014.
Local Ties: Fultz is a native of Upper Marlboro, Maryland. He played high school basketball at DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville before being recruited by the University of Washington.
Bio: Coming out of high school, Fultz was regarded as one of the top prospects in the nation.
In one season with the Washington Huskies, Fultz emerged as the top player in the country. He averaged 23 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists.
He then declared for the draft and was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with with first-overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.
Fultz made his NBA debut in Washington D.C. against the Wizards on Oct. 18.