Michael Jordan: His Airness

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“His Airness”: Michael Jordan “There is Michael Jordan and then there is the rest of us.”-Magic Johnson (Wikipedia 10). Michael Jordan is a retired American professional basketball player. Jordan is widely considered to be the greatest basketball player ever (Jordan 1). He also became one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation with sponsors including Nike, Coca-Cola, Chevrolet, Gatorade, McDonald’s, Ball Park Franks, Rayovac, Wheaties, Hanes, and MCI. Jordan has had a long relationship with Gatorade, appearing in over 20 commercials for the company since 1991 (Wikipedia 1, 10). In addition, he was instrumental in popularizing the NBA or the National Basketball Association around the world in the 1980’s and 1990’s (Jordan 1). Michael Jordan was the most clutch player in the history of the NBA. Michael Jordan was born to James R. Jordan, Sr. and Deloris Jordan in Brooklyn, New York on February 17, 1963. His family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, when he was only seven years old. He attended Emsley A. Laney High School where he began his high school athletic career by playing basketball, baseball, and football. During his sophomore year, he tried out for the varsity basketball team but he was deemed too short to play at that level at 5 feet 11 inches tall. The following summer he grew four inches and trained rigorously. His hard work then paid off when he averaged a triple double: 29.2 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 10.1 assists over his final two seasons of high school play. During his senior year he was selected to the McDonald’s All-American Team for his outstanding play throughout the season (Wikipedia 2-3). In 1981, Jordan earned a basketball scholarship to the University of North Carolina, where he majored in cultural geography. Over his freshman year, he averaged 13.4 points per game and was named ACC freshman of the Year, all under

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