Michael Jordan Profile

Michael Jordan 


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An American Profile

Michael Jordan 


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An American Profile 


 

 

I always said that Michael`s birth was like a sign. I lost my mother unexpectedly while carrying Michael, and he was my godsend. Michael was the happiness. He was sent to me after a very sad time in my life.

- Deloris Jordan

I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. It doesn’t matter if you win as long as you give everything in your heart.

- Michael Jordan

When I step on the court, I’m ready to play. If you’re going up against me, you’d better be ready. If you’re not going to compete, I will dominate you.

- Michael Jordan

I’ve always been in awe of his talent on the court, and I’m even more in awe of him as a man off the court.”

- Magic Johnson

He’s the first modern crossover in team sports. He transcends race, transcends basketball.

- David Falk, Michael Jordan’s Attorney and Agent

“That`s the greatest lesson I`ve learned from my parents. I never see you for the color. I see you for the person you are. I know I`m recognized as being black, but I don`t look at you as black or white, just as a person.”

- Michael Jordan

I used to think that Michael Jordan was the Babe Ruth of basketball. I have now come to believe that Babe Ruth was the Michael Jordan of baseball.

- Jerry Reinsdorf, Owner of the Chicago Bulls

“Here`s a kid who grew up with nothing and always had to work to make ends meet. He came out of a city where they never recruited a player. I look at it, think about it quite often.”

- James Jordan

Born: Michael Jeffrey Jordan, on February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York.High School: Growing up in Wilmington, North Carolina, for Michael, basketball was a passion — an outlet for his boundless energy. As a sophomore at Laney High School – averaging 25 points a game for the junior varsity, the young Michael Jordan expected a promotion that season to the varsity, but it never happened.Disappointed, he worked on his game that summer intensely in order to never again suffer such a fate. Many see this as a defining point in Michael’s life in which he became the fierce competitor he is today. Michael made the varsity his junior season and went on to average 23 points a game as a senior.

College:

He chose to attend the University of North Carolina, right down the road in Chapel Hill. At UNC, his considerable personal and athletic talent would benefit from the influence of legendary coach Dean Smith. In his first year Michael made an indelible mark, he wasnamed the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Freshman of the Year. And, as an encore, a 19-year-old Jordan made a dramatic game-winning shot that gave the Tar Heels the National Championship.

Heroic performance under pressure would become the Jordan trademark for athletics, and his personal life.

Jordan averaged 20 points a game in his sophomore season, and 19.6 a game in his junior season. In 1984, he was the consensus college player of the year.

Olympic Gold:

He played for the United States Olympic basketball team at the 1984 Summer Games. Jordan was largely credited with bringing home a gold medal.

The NBA:

Michael Jordan was the third overall pick in the 1984 NBA draft. While Michael went to Chicago as a highly regarded prospect, no one could have predicted that he would become a global superstar, and without dispute the greatest athlete in the history of the sport.

It took only three short seasoons before Michael was named the National Basketball Association’s MVP. He was untouchable in his fourth season.

Premier Athlete:

He became the first player in NBA history to win the scoring title (35 points a game) and be named Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. He led the league in steals (3.16 a game), blocked more shots than 16 starting centers, was first-team all-NBA and all-defense, was the league’s slam-dunk champion, and became the only player ever to to block 100 shots and record 200 steals in consecutive seasons. He also reached four NBA and eight club playoff records and became the first player to score 50 points in consecutive playoff games.

Winner:

Michael Jordan – and the Chicago Bulls – have won six NBA Championships.

Businessman:

Today, Michael Jordan is a wealthy man. He earns about $40 million a year through business ventures and product endorsements for more than 70 items. Until recently, his NBA salary was among the lowest in the league.

Modern sports and product merchandising is the result of a landmark business arrangement between Michael Jordan and Nike Shoes and Apparel. The unprecedented $500,000-a-year deal signed by the young Jordan in 1984 promised development of a Jordan leisure wear line. In effect, a whole new Nike sub-brand. This move prompted other athletes to enter the commercial arena.

Mr. Jordan’s other business ventures and product endorsements include:

    • Gatorade sports drinks
    • Ballpark Franks
    • Hanes underwear
    • Wheaties cereal
    • Bijan fragrances
    • Bigsby & Kruthers
    • WorldCom long-distance telephone
    • NBA Entertainment/CBS-Fox home videos
    • Michael Jordan’s Restaurant, Chicago

Husband and Father:Michael and his wife Juanita have 3 children. They have a home in Highland Park, Illinois.

Hobbies: Golf