“His Airness” Essay

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Throughout all the years I have been involved with sports, I’ve learned Michael Jordan is one of the most prolific athletes of his time. We define success as achieving wealth, respect, or fame, and Jordan has accomplished more than most men will even attempt in their lifetime. Some try and compare today’s superstar athletes such as LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant with the great Michael Jordan, but I am here to tell you that is impossible. Jordan changed the game and made it what it is today. Jordan’s life is filled with struggle and triumph. Despite all of the obstacles he faced, he still became one of the best basketball players of his time.
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7 points per game which is reasonably good at the college level. Jordan was named ACC Freshman of the year and becoming a strong leader for his team. During this time Michael was focusing his studies in cultural geography, but not losing sight of his dreams; to one day play the game of basketball on a professional stage. In 1982 the young Michael Jordan truly made a name for himself when he made the game winning shot with 17 seconds left on the board in the NCAA Championship game, beating the college superstar Patrick Ewing. At this point all eyes were on Jordan, and by the end of his college career Jordan already had two back to back NCAA college player of the year awards and a gold from the 1984 Los Angeles summer Olympics. It seemed as if the sky was the limit for this young Carolina athlete.
Jordan decided to end his college career early and to join the 1984 NBA draft; where he would be chosen 3rd overall in the first round, after Hakeem Olajuwon, and Sam Bowie. Chicago didn’t know it yet, but they would not regret their decision; they would later realize he would change the game of basketball forever. Michael display grate fetes of acrobatic ability, but it wasn’t until 1987 and 1988 that Michael had been crowned “His Airness” and “Air Jordan” after winning back to back dunk contest title. This man could fly, actually take off from a nearly impossible point on the court, slam the ball down with power, and land with great finesse like a leaf on a windy fall day. This is an athlete that could truly jump.
Jordan came out with his first shoe in 1984 by singing his first and only shoe deal with Nike till 1985. Jordan actually became his own brand in 1987 when he released the Air Jordan II "Italian Stalion" and till this day he haven’t stopped. Today...

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