Face value: Seven sports figures we'd put on our own $20 bill

On Wednesday, the U.S. Treasury announced that they would place the face of anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 bill. Andrew Jackson, who was on the front, will now be moved to the back. While Alexander Hamilton remains on the face of the $10 bill, there will be numerous champions of the women's suffrage movement now on the other side.

This got us thinking. If there was a U.S. Sports Treasury, who would they put on their currency? Since there will never be such an agency, we decided to make the decision ourselves.

Here are our nominees:

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Bill Belichick:

Sure, part of it is the fact that he coaches the Patriots (which obviously makes him "patriotic"), but more than that, Belichick has a face which was created to stare at us every time we open our wallets.

Belichick is stoic. He's regal. Heck, in a lot of ways he almost looks presidential. Well, as "presidential" as anyone can look when they haven't combed their hair in three weeks and wear a cut-off hoodie to work every day.

Still, this needs to happen, because Belichick is the only person on the planet who wouldn't be honored to have his face placed on the $20 bill -- in fact, he'd be annoyed by it instead.

Seriously, couldn't you just see the ensuing press conference right after the announcement was made?

Reporter: "Hey coach, what does it mean to have your face placed on the $20 bill?"

Belichick: "We're onto Philly."

Reporter: "But coach, this is an incredible hon ---"

Belichick: "Next question."

Bill Walton:

Nobody loves America more than Bill Walton, mainly because nobody loves everything quite the way Bill Walton does. In Walton's defense, what's not to love when your whole life consists of watching basketball games, going to Grateful Dead concerts and smoking ... going to Grateful Dead concerts. Like I was saying.

And in terms of the $20 bill, who better represents the free-spirited, easy-going nature of America quite like Walton does? The answer is "no one."

Derek Jeter:

There's no other way to put it: Jeter is a walking, breathing, slice of Americana.

After all, it doesn't get more American than being referred to simply as 'The Captain,' and spending your career playing a glamour position, for a glamour franchise, in a game simply known as 'America's pastime.'

John Calipari:

The grandson of Italian immigrants and son of working class parents in Pittsburgh, nobody quite epitomizes the "American dream" quite like Calipari does.

Given how much money Calipari has actually helped make for his former players (closing in on a billion dollars), it only seems appropriate that Calipari's face greet them every time they open their wallets.

I'm sure that would make DeMarcus Cousins very happy!

Geno Auriemma:

Auriemma is a truly iconic coach, and a man who has single-handedly raised the profile of women's basketball across America and across the globe.

But that's not why we'd put him on the $20 bill.

We'd put him there because he'd be the only person to be given the honor, and then immediately complain 'I bet if I coached men, they'd put me on a $50!'

Stephen Curry:

If only because I'd love to see how upset Oscar Robertson and every Chicago Bulls fan would get the second the announcement was made.

Jim Harbaugh:

If the Georgia coach is implying any intent on our part to break rules, he is barking up the wrong tree.

— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) February 24, 2016

If only because I'd love to see how upset every Southern football fan would get the second the announcement was made.

I'm sure Harbaugh would have a measured, well-reasoned response.

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