The multiple tattoos, stylish cornrows, and that urban-honed swagger on the basketball court all of that represent the influential NBA legend, Allen Iverson. However, one thing people forget about AI’s legacy was his fighter instinct.
“Only the strong survive”
Apart from his on-court duels with his fellow NBA stars such Tracy McGrady, Kobe Bryant, and Vince Carter, Iverson also endured an array of battles outside basketball. Due to his unique and robust persona, “The Answer” was often misunderstood and criticized. Something he learned from his infamous brawl incident in 1993 is that at times, you have to fight through adversity and fear.
“Either you give in or you fight. That’s all I know being where I’m from,” Iverson famously said via CBS Sports. “You fight for what you want. You go after what you want. The only thing I could do was give up or keep fighting for what I wanted in life. My dream was bigger than anything else. My fight and me wanting to fulfill what I wanted to be in life. That was enough to keep me strong enough to endure anything.”
Undeniably, AI lived by that mentality throughout his NBA career and he wanted everyone to know that that’s how he’s built, having “Only The Strong Survive” tattooed on his arm.
AI knows his limitations
After officially calling it a career in 2011, Iverson lived a normal life, focusing on his family and being a father. And just like most of us, “The Answer” is now on the other end of the world of sports. The four-time NBA scoring champ and 11-time NBA All-Star has become just another sports fan. Apart from basketball, Iverson is also “a big fan” of Mixed Martial Arts legend and former longtime UFC champion Ronda Rousey.
Intrigued by AI’s revelation, Bleacher Report quizzed Iverson to answer the odd question truthfully, “could you beat her in the Octagon?” As tough of a fighter Iverson is, he drew the line right there and then and said:
Iverson did not elaborate on his answer, but of course, we all know Rousey is a legit black belter in Judo and is arguably the greatest female MMA fighter of all time. So even though Iverson is a fighter by heart and mind, the outcome would be ugly for “The Answer” if he ever squares up with Rousey inside the cage.