“You Don’t Think I Can Throw 65 Yards?”: Michael Jordan Casually Showcased His QB Skills in His Backyard in the 90s
2024/04/01

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Michael Jordan, a two-sport athlete in his youth, excelled in both basketball and baseball. However, as he approached 6'6" in height during his senior year, he made the decision to pursue basketball. Interestingly, in an interview with former Chicago Bears head coach Dave Wannstedt in 2002, it was revealed that Jordan had aspirations of playing for the Bears as well. Wannstedt shared this information on NBC's program, 'Bear Talk', stating that Jordan wanted to be a wide receiver. Despite skepticism, Jordan demonstrated his talent and physical abilities during the shooting of an episode of NBA INSIDE STUFF.

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Even with a sore wrist, he effortlessly threw a football 65 yards and confidently declared, "Easy... and that's with a sore wrist, man." While it remains uncertain if he could have made it to the NFL, Jordan's belief in his abilities was evident. His brief venture into professional baseball with the Birmingham Barons, the Minor League affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, was motivated by his childhood dream and the loss of his father. Although his performance was average, Jordan's batting average of .202 was impressive considering his long absence from the sport. While he improved as the season progressed, he did not stand out as a player.

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