Initially cut from his high school basketball team Michael Jordan went on to become one of the greatest athletes of all time.
Michael Jordan (born February 17, 1963) is a professional American basketball player, Olympic athlete, businessperson and actor. Considered one of the best basketball players ever, Michael Jordan dominated the sport from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s. He led the Chicago Bulls to six National Basketball Association championships and earned the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award five times. With five regular-season MVPs and three All-Star MVPs, Jordan became the most decorated player in the NBA.
Between his six NBA championships, restaurants, stake in the Charlotte Hornets, corporate sponsorship with Nike, and endorsement deals with Gatorade, Hanes and Upper Deck, Michael Jordan’s estimated net worth is more than $1 billion
Growing up in Wilmington, North Carolina, Jordan developed a competitive edge at an early age. He wanted to win every game he played. As his father James later noted, “What he does have is a competition problem. He was born with that … the person he tries to outdo most of the time is himself.”
Jordan left college after his junior year to join the NBA. Drafted by the Chicago Bulls, he soon proved himself on the court. He helped the team make it to the playoffs and scored an average of 28.2 points per game that season. For his efforts, Jordan received the NBA Rookie of the Year Award and was selected for the All-Star Game.
In 1985, Jordan finished his bachelor’s degree in geography and continued to play basketball professionally. While his second season was marred by injury, he was breaking new ground on the court during the 1986-1987 season.
Jordan received his first Most Valuable Player Award from the NBA in 1988—an honor he would earn four more times in 1991, 1992, 1996 and 1998.
In April 2009, Jordan received one of basketball’s greatest honors: He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Attending the induction ceremony was a bittersweet affair for Jordan because being at the event meant “your basketball career is completely over,” he explained.
In 2016, Jordan was presented with a Presidential Medal of Freedom honor by Barack Obama.