Vote: Does North Carolina or Arizona State have a better NFL/MLB/NBA trio?
UPDATE (Oct. 28): Arizona State won with 60 percent of the vote.
It's time to round out the Final Four. Both trios from North Carolina and Arizona State include veteran leaders who have had plenty of career-defining moments.
Read below to see who represents these two schools' trios, then submit your vote on Twitter with the hashtags #UNCTrio or #ASUTrio.
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Julius Peppers, Carolina Panthers | 1999-01
Peppers is one of the rare breeds of DI athletes that played multiple sports in college. A power forward on the UNC basketball team as well as a star defensive end for the football team, Peppers was exceptional on the gridiron where he was named to the All-ACC First Team in his sophomore and junior seasons. He was a unanimous All-American in 2001. Peppers was drafted second overall in the 2002 NFL draft to his hometown Carolina Panthers. The now 37-year-old veteran has had a decorated pro career, being named to nine Pro Bowls, six All-NFL teams and the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade team. Now in his second stint with the Panthers after spending time with the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, Peppers ranks fifth on the NFL’s all-time sack list (150) and is just 0.5 sacks away from jumping into fourth place.
Andrew Miller, Cleveland Indians | 2004-06
You know you’re doing something right when teams across the MLB are trying to find their own version of “Andrew Miller” out of their respected bullpens. For a program that's consistently among the best in college baseball, Miller is one of the Tar Heels’ best players in program history. He earned all-ACC honors three times and posted a 27-9 record with a 2.77 ERA. In his final season with UNC, Miller posted an astonishing 13-2 mark (8-1 in ACC play) with a school-record 133 strikeouts en route to earning Baseball America National Player of the Year honors and the Rodgers Clemens Award. Selected sixth overall in the 2006 MLB draft, Miller began his career as a starter before making the full-time switch to the bullpen in 2012. Since 2013, Miller has posted a sub-3.00 ERA and starred in the 2016 ALCS with 7.2 scoreless and 14 strikeouts to earn MVP honors with the Indians.
Vince Carter, Sacramento Kings | 1995-98
Before Carter became a household name for his high-flying, spectacular dunks, he was a staple in a UNC backcourt that reached the Final Four twice. During his three seasons with the Tar Heels, Carter averaged 12.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Carter was named a second-team All-American during his junior season when UNC finished 34-4 and advanced to the Final Four. He was selected fifth overall in 1998 by the Golden State Warriors and was traded to the Toronto Raptors for his college teammate Antwan Jamison. At 40 years old, Carter is now in his 20th season. He's an eight-time All-Star, two-time All-NBA selection and was an Olympic gold medalist with Team USA in 2000.
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Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Ravens | 2000-02
Despite what he may claim during Sunday Night Football introductions, "Sizzle" first terrorized opposing quarterbacks on the national stage at Arizona State. Suggs closed his Sun Devils career with 163 tackles, 65.5 tackles for loss and 44 sacks while lining up at defensive end. In 2002, Suggs was a unanimous first-team All-American, an All-Pac-12 first-teamer and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner. His 24 sacks that year broke a single-season FBS mark that still stands today — four ahead of the next FBS player. Suggs was taken 10th overall by the Ravens in 2003 and has played all 15 seasons in Baltimore. The outside linebacker has 119 career NFL sacks and has been named to six Pro Bowls. He lifted the Lombardi Trophy in 2003 after the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII.
Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox | 2002-04
Imagine this double play combo in college: Dustin Pedroia and Ian Kinsler. Not bad, right? The Sun Devils had that luxury as Pedroia began his collegiate career at shortstop on a team that featured three future MLB All-Stars in him, Kinsler and Andre Ethier. Pedroia hit .381 and averaged 70 runs scored per season while playing excellent defense over three years in Tempe. Pedroia was named to the Pac-10 first team all three seasons and was named an All-American in 2004. He was also a two-time national defensive player of the year. As a Major Leaguer, Pedroia wasted little time in filling up his trophy case. In 2007, he was named Rookie of the Year and led off for the World Series champion Red Sox. The next season he was named MVP and picked up his first Gold Glove and All-Star nomination. Now in his 12th season, the longest-tenured Red Sox player has four All-Star appearances, four Gold Gloves and two World Series rings.
James Harden, Houston Rockets | 2007-09
Harden averaged just under 20 points per game in two seasons at Arizona State, which included a trip to the NCAA tournament's second round in 2009. The left-handed shooting guard connected on 37.6 percent of his 3-point attempts and averaged over six rebounds and four assists per game. He was a first-team All-American and the Pac-12 Player of the Year in 2008-09, which led to a No. 3 overall selection in that summer's NBA draft. Harden spent three seasons as a super sub for the Oklahoma City Thunder and averaged 12.4 points per game in the 2012 NBA Finals, which the Thunder lost to the Heat in five games. Harden then joined the Houston Rockets in 2013 and has become one of the league's elite scorers and playmakers. Harden, also known for his iconic beard, is now a five-time All-Star and finished second in last year's MVP race.