Texas A&M (one gold medal in Rio)
Former Aggie DeAndre Jordan, now a star in the NBA, grabbed gold in Rio as a member of the star-studded USA Men's Basketball team. He made a bold statement to ESPN that illustrated how much it meant to him - even as the process was unfolding.
"I think they're above NBA rings," Jordan told ESPN of the gold medal the USA Men's Basketball team eventually secured in Rio, making his statement as the squad prepared for a quarterfinal game against Argentina.
"I may get in trouble for saying that, but I believe that," Jordan continued. "I feel like this is more special. You're not just playing teams in the U.S. You're playing teams from all over the world. And this is even more special because there's an NBA champion crowned every year, but this is every four years."
Jordan started for Team USA in the gold medal game against Serbia, collecting a game-high three blocks.
"You've got to really think about that, man, because it's extremely special," Jordan concluded.
Jordan played just one season at Texas A&M in 2007-08 before beginning a long NBA career after the Los Angeles Clippers made him the 35th overall selection in the 2008 NBA Draft.