The greatest basketball player to ever play in Chicago—who are we kidding, the greatest athlete ever to play any sport, anywhere, ever—Michael Jordan, is reaching a new milestone this weekend. It’s actually not basketball related this time. Hard to believe but our sports hero is turning 50 on Sunday.
Jordan retired from the Chicago Bulls after the 1997-1998 season (let’s forget about that stint with the Washington Wizards) which was actually 14 years ago, but he’s still undoubtedly the most iconic athlete the world has ever seen. His bald head, baggy shorts, and trademark Air Jordan shoes helped re-style the NBA. His off-the-court impact has also been indicated by his Jordan Brand clothing, Jordan Cologne, and the countless endorsements deals (Gatorade, Nike, McDonalds, etc.). Even today, when Jordan chimes in and give his opinion on the debate of who is better between Kobe and LeBron, it’s all the sudden the top story.
Over his illustrious NBA career, Jordan collected 6 NBA championships, 6 Finals MVPs, 5 regular season MVPs, 14 All-Star appearances, 3 All-Star game MVPs, 10 scoring titles, 1 Defensive Player of the Year award, 1 Rookie of the Year award, and 10 All-NBA first team selections. Throw in an NCAA championship and 2 Olympic Gold Medals and you’re looking one of the accomplished athletes ever.
He played and carried himself with such style and grace to the point that everything he did all the sudden became popular and became cool. This man was and truly is larger than life.
Here at Friendly Ford, we’d like to give a Happy Birthday shout out to Michael Jordan! Thanks for the memories, Mike!