It is hard to deny the impact Syracuse University sports has on the Central New York area, but when it comes to the nation, well, it seems current and former Orange legends have an impact on that as well.
Finishing its list of top 100 celebrities with Syracuse-area connections, Syracuse.com listed Syracuse basketball head coach Jim Boeheim No. 10 overall, while NFL legend and movie star Jim Brown was slotted No. 7 and Carmelo Anthony came in at No. 3.
Melo' was ranked right behind No. 1 star Tom Cruise, who was born in the Salt City, and NBC star meteorologist Al Roker, a former student at Oswego and broadcaster at Syracuse's WHEN-TV.
The three SU icons were sandwiched between some heavy hitters including: Richard Gere (No. 4), Dick Clark (No. 5), Alec Baldwin (No. 6), Jerry Seinfeld (No. 8) and John Walsh (No. 9).
The list was compiled by the Syracuse.com and The Post-Standard staff. Here what they had to say about the Top 10 finishers.
10. Jim Boeheim
Believe it or not, Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim has an IMDb page. The hall-of-famer appeared in Spike Lee's "He Got Game" and had a speaking role opposite Nick Nolte in Shaq's 1994 movie debut "Blue Chips."
7. Jim Brown
NFL legend Jim Brown could be famous for his athletic accomplishments alone, including lettering in football, lacrosse, track & field and basketball at Syracuse University in the 1950s. However, the man born James Nathaniel Brown also has a prolific acting career, starring in movies like "The Dirty Dozen," "The Running Man," "Any Given Sunday," and Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks."
3. Carmelo Anthony
New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony played basketball at Syracuse University for just one year, but he helped Jim Boeheim win his only NCAA Championship, built the Melo Center and gives back to the city through the Courts 4 Kids program. The Olympic gold medal winner is also married to TV personality La La Vazquez and has appeared on numerous shows himself, including "Punk'd," "Law & Order: SVU" and "Nurse Jackie."
A slew of former Newhouse broadcasters -- Bob Costas, Marv Albert, Mike Tirico, Sean McDonough and Dick Stockton -- were ranked together at No. 25.
However, besides SU's run at the top 10 and the handful of famous broadcasters, there isn't any other mention of former players (unless I missed one). So, is there anyone that should be added?