Pistol Pete Maravich was one of the most exciting players that ever stepped foot on the basketball hardwood and a true pioneer of the game. He is often overlooked nowadays, and younger fans don't know much about Maravich, arguably one of the best pure scorers in basketball history. His college scoring record still stands today, and it will be extremely hard for someone to break it. Unfortunately, at the age of 41, Maravich left us way too early in 1988, leaving behind an incredible legacy.
Maravich was an astonishing basketball player, an innovator, and a very complex person who always looked for a bigger purpose in his life. Because of some of his actions, he was characterized as an eccentric person who often did things differently than other people, just like he did on the basketball court with some of the passes or shots he made.
Something that is not so known about Maravich is that he was fascinated by the life outside of this planet and even wanted aliens to take him away with them.
I hope someday to put a big target on the roof of my house accompanied by the words come take me so that space ships might circle and land and take me with them.
Pistol Pete Maravich
While making an appearance on the show 'Up Close with Roy Firestone' back in 1987, Maravich explained some of his statements earlier in his life, saying he was always searching for a more profound meaning of life than what he was taught growing up.
I was searching why I'm here and what is the purpose of this life. Is it just to get or to give? What is the purpose? Basically, it led me to a lot of different stages from different religions: Hinduism, reincarnation, hypnosis, astral projections, UFOs, ufology. I was very radically in nutrition. I was a macrobiotic for one year, vegetarian for three years. I was in karate, yoga, transcendental meditation. I went through all those routes looking for peace, for something that is lasting because I wasn't finding anything with what the world told me success was, material things and all that.
Pistol Pete Maravich
Maravich later found what he was looking for in Christianity and, since 1982, was a devoted Christian. He often said faith in God helped him find internal peace that he was long looking for. Maravich lived a peaceful lifestyle until he tragically died playing basketball with his friends only three months after this interview with Roy Firestone. Maravich will forever be remembered as a remarkable basketball player who did things nobody thought about doing. On top of that, he was a simple but yet again unique human being. Maravich was looking for a more profound purpose in life, wanting to be known as a good Christian and not just a basketball player.