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How Michael Jordan changed the life of his superfan Jeffrey Harrison

Jeffrey Harrison made headlines as the "number 1" Michael Jordan fan. But what MJ did was beyond the usual and surely changed Harrison's life for the better.
Michael Jordan and Jeffrey Harrison

Michael Jordan and Jeffrey Harrison

Millions idolize basketball players, but for Jeffrey Harrison, Michael Jordan meant even more. Here’s how MJ proved to everyone he’s just as human as the others.

Jeffrey Harrison’s MJ impersonations

Jeffrey Harrison grew up watching Michael Jordan and what struck him was how His Airness seemed to violate the laws of gravity with his aerial stunts. Harrison claimed MJ was “flying through players like a ghost just dunking on them.”

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Soon, he would mimic Mike and his moves on the court, complete with matching Chicago Bulls jerseys, down to the elbow and knee pads. What’s missing was probably the finger-wagging and tongue-out iconic moves.

But people around Jeffrey were not always appreciative of his fanboying. He was often ridiculed and laughed at. He played defense like his life depended on it, much like how his idol when he was shutting his opponents down. Harrison struggled with autism all his life, and playing like MJ was his way of coping with everything. One gesture by his idol changed his life and proved that Jordan was just like the rest of us.

MJ’s surprise to Jeffrey Harrison

When the video of Harrison became viral, it reached Jordan, and he did GOAT things to show his appreciation to his “number 1” fan. Still, what the 6-time champion did wasn’t the typical stuff he’s done to fans. It was much more than that.

Jordan was known to be a bit snobbish to fans, depending on who you ask. The Chicago Bulls guard was called many names, especially by his teammates, after the Last Dance was shown in 2020. But the beautiful gesture he did shed that image and was a win for Harrison and those who are like him -- different but still making the most out of life.

Say what you want to say about MJ, but the call was what made the gift sweeter. He could have sent a recorded message or the merch alone but calling his fan and ensuring he delivers the message in real-time makes it more memorable. 

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