Michael Jordan

Retired Professional Basketball Player

Early life

Michael Jeffery Jordan was born on February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York. Michael had a total of 4 siblings. 2 brothers-- and 2 sisters.

When he was young, his family moved back to their hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina. Everyone worked hard in the family-- except for him. He played basketball and baseball delivering the same amount of energy as his family when they worked. At first, Michael was not likely to be a professional basketball player-- something he dreamed about.

Getting involved

Michael had a fierce desire to win. As a freshman at Wilmington's Laney High School, Jordan tried out for the varsity team for basketball and was cut. The next year he was cut again just as the season began. After much disappointment and growth, Jordan made the varsity team his senior year. He became one of the most highly recruited basketball players in the country.

For college, Jordan went to the University of North Carolina. For the Tarheels, he started in his freshman year. He was a part of the 1982 College Basketball National Championship team as North Carolina won. He spent two more seasons on the UNC team and was named All-American in 1983 and 1984 and Sporting News college player of the year in 1983.

He was the co-captain of the 1984 U.S. olympic basketball team in which they won gold.

Choices and Results

He decided to go pro in 1984. He got drafted by the Bulls which was the 3rd pick in the first round of that draft. The Bulls were struggling at the time. Throughout his career, he signed many endorsement deals with companies such as Nike. He won many awards such as the Most Valuable Player award, which he won 5 times. He also won a record 6 NBA Championships. He was said to be the best of all-time because of how he played and how he led the team.

In His Words

Jordan was a very fierce player who had a desire to win. He had always dreamed of being in the NBA and expected nothing less. He pushed himself to make it.
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Aftermath

Jordan retired in 1993. But, the Chicago White Sox led him to almost playing for them, but he did not play for them in the end. From 2001 to 2003, he came out of retirement and played for the Washington Wizards. After he fully retired, he was a rich man. With his many companies including his Jordan Shoe Company, he became a billionaire at one point in his life.
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Michael Jordan with Tiger Woods.

Words for Him

I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan


I grew up in Chicago, and I understand what Michael Jordan symbolizes.

Dwyane Wade

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Legacy

In 2009, Michael was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The following year, Michael became the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.

In front of the United Center (home of the Chicago Bulls), there is a 2000 pound statue of Michael for all of his hard work and effort for the Bulls.

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Annotated Bibliography

"Michael Jordan." Contemporary Black Biography. Vol. 21. Detroit: Gale, 1999.

I used this text because it gave me a ton of interesting facts that helped me shape my flyer. I probably got most of my information from this source.

"Michael Jordan." Gale Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2010.

I used this picture because it was one that showed only him. I thought this was the best picture I used even though the other pictures were good too.

"Michael Jordan in 2002 NBA All-Star Game." MCT Photos. 2010.

This was used in my flyer because I feel like it showed a lot of power that he had. It was used as a symbol of strength that he had in the game of basketball.

"Michael Jordan." Notable Sports Figures. Ed. Dana R. Barnes. Detroit: Gale, 2004.

I used this text in my flyer because it was a source that helped me make sure the main source I used was reliable. This text also gave me facts that were not in the main text.

"Michael Jordan and Rachel Robinson." UPI Photo Collection. 2010.

I used this picture because it showed some of Jordan's charitable efforts. This is with Jackie Robinson's Wife at her charitable event the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

"Tiger Woods Talks To Michael Jordan During A Practice Round Prior To The 2009 Presidents Cup In San Francisco." UPI Photo Collection. 2009.

I used this picture in my flyer because this was a really good example of Jordan being well-known. At the time this picture was taken, Tiger Woods was one of the best golfers in the PGA Tour.

"Michael Jordan Attends The 2009 Presidents Cup In San Francisco." UPI Photo Collection. 2009.

This was a picture that went along with the Tiger Woods pic. I used this pic for the same reasons as the Tiger Woods picture.

"Basketball Legend Michael Jordan Drives A Golf Cart During The Third Round Of The 2009 Presidents Cup In San Francisco." UPI Photo Collection. 2009.

This was another picture along with the Tiger Woods picture. Like the first two, it has similar reasons of why it was used in my flyer.

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/michael_jordan.html

I used this quote from Michael because it showed how humbled he was. It was a very good quote in my opinion to use.

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/michael_Jordan

I used this quote from Dwyane Wade because it showed how much the players in the NBA respect Michael. Dwyane was one person that respected him the most.