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Houston puts a ring on sports legends Olajuwon, Ryan, and Campbell

Hakeem Olajuwon with his Hall of Fame plaque. Photo by Jules Rice

This story originally appeared on CultureMap/Houston.

There are iconic sports moments etched into Houston's collective sports memory. Hakeem Olajuwon's fluid, perfectly executed Dream Shakeforever humiliated David Robinson (and arguably cemented Olajuwon’s Hall of Fame status).

Speaking of humiliation, Earl Campbell’s ramrod runover of Isiah Robertson is not just a piece of Houston folklore, but a vivid reminder of the NFL’s brutal past.

And Astros fans will never forget when Nolan Ryan threw his fifth no-hitter in the Astrodome, striking out 11 hapless Dodgers hitters, and breaking Sandy Koufax’s seemingly untouchable record.

The three Houston legends recently received honors fit for titans of team sports, when they were awarded Houston Sports Hall of Fame rings during a private ceremony. The trio — each of whom wore the jersey number 34 and are the inaugural Houston Hall of Fame inductees — then unveiled their Houston Hall of Fame signed plaques. Reid Ryan, the popular Astros president, accepting the ring and plaque in his father's honor. 

A little sports trivia for diehards: Olajuwon, in keeping with his devout Muslim faith, did not sign his proper name on plaque, but rather “The Dream.” And which giant has the biggest hands? Olajuwon’s ring size is 11, Ryan’s is 14, while Campbell’s is a massive 20.

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