Michael Jordan is a former basketball player most known for his time on the Chicago Bulls. His ability to slam dunk the ball from the free throw line in slam dunk contests earned him the nicknames “Air Jordan” and “His Airness.” Jordan helped lead the way for Bulls championships in 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, and 98. Jordan retired from basketball with a plethora of awards ranging from MVP to NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Michael Jordan is undeniably one of the most recognized names in sports.
The Bulls have always had a special place in my heart. I will always remember those winter nights when I was five years old. My dad would make me sit on the couch and watch the big Bulls game. We watched every single game. Ever since then, I felt as though I was conditioned to love Michael Jordan and the Bulls. I did middle school reports on him and had numerous Sports Illustrated magazines framed on my wall that featured him in the cover. Needless to say, Michael Jordan was my first idol.
Accordingly, I have played basketball ever since I was able to join a club or recreational team. In my early years of high school, I played on the school team. However in tenth grade, I switched schools and never got back into the sport. This is the one thing I significantly regret in my life. Sports players know the feeling. Once you stop doing a sport, there feels like there is something missing. A part of you is not there anyone once you quit playing a sport. I’ll pick up a basketball here or there and toss it around. But I never get serious with it again…especially being in college now.
Currently, I am the student manager for the Juniata College Women’s Basketball team. Although I am completely and utterly unconditioned to play any sport, I still remain apart of basketball in this aspect. I enjoy what I do and enjoy watching the game itself. However, the love for the sport and the game will forever stem from watching Michael Jordan play when I was a kid. Every dunk, steal, shot, or leap into the air sent me into a state of wonder and awe. This I will never forget.
“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.”
This quote from Michael Jordan can not only be associated with the game of basketball but in life as well. Every person has experience failure whether it has been in a sport, job, activity, etc. However, the saving grace of a failure is the lesson we gain from it. Every failure is a lesson. We learn so much from something that went so horribly wrong for us. Failure essentially is what makes us great and better at what we do. Michael Jordan has had failures in the game of basketball. He is also one of the most widely known and respected players in the history of the sport. If he’s not afraid of failing, then why should we be.