"Ambition: Michael Jordan" by Bryan Phillips
The third installment to my Black History Month series is very important to me as I was able to commemorate one of my earliest and fondest heroes, Michael Jordan. Today marks the 50th birthday of “His Airness”. Michael Jordan isn’t the face of basketball; he is basketball. His numerous championships, MVP awards, Olympic medals, and records on top his numerous endorsements with the likes of Nike, Gatorade, and McDonald’s proves so. Jordan’s rise to fame was not made of pure natural talent. If you ask any current and former NBA player or coach, they’ll tell you the thing that made Jordan stand out, what made him so great, was his tenacity. Jordan pushed himself in every aspect of his game. He saw life as a competition and pushed to always be the best. While others were in retrospect of the game last night, Jordan was at the gym improving whatever he fell short on. Most notably, in the 1997 NBA Finals, Jordan was warned by doctors not to play in game 5 because of a serious stomach virus. Jordan entered the game anyways and scored 38 points to take the lead in the series. Another great example, one that stuck with me as a kid, was that Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. There was a time where “the greatest to ever play the game” was not good enough to play. Michael Jordan is the embodiment of hard work, drive, and ambition.
Happy Birthday, Michael.