Jordan’s on-court performances opened the door of limitless off-court possibilities. Michael monetized his basketball greatness, becoming one of the most paid athletes ever to walk the Earth.
His most famous endorsement deal was with Nike, with his signature Air Jordans becoming the most iconic basketball shoe brand ever. MJ also signed a deal with Gatorade, which is mostly recognized by their “Be Like Mike” campaign. Jordan’s other endorsement deals include the likes of Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Hanes, Upper Deck Company, etc., rounding his impact as a business mogul.
Other than being the face of many global brands, His Airness has participated in many TV projects, with the most famous being Space Jam and recently released The Last Dance documentary. However, Jordan’s movie career didn’t start there, but in the 1980’s documentary, from which footage was shown with his mother Deloris Jordan teaching his son how to shoot and dunk the ball, emphasizing the importance on “keeping his eye on the rim and concentrating.”
What seems like his mother is dunking the ball, is actually his brother Larry Jordan – the one who helped create Jordan’s unbelievable competitive drive, by continually competing with him when they were young kids in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Jordan always gave credit to his family for helping him get to where he eventually arrived. From his tragically killed father to his brothers and sisters. But his relationship with his mother has always been one MJ cherished the most.
She gave him everything and even taught him a thing or two about basketball. And she sure taught him well.