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Descriptive Essay - Heart of a Champion - In recreation centers all across America, young aspiring basketball players are trying desperately to "be like Mike." Michael Jordan

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Descriptive Essay 1 Joey R. Garcia English 1301 December 19, 2002 Assignment: Descriptive Essay Heart of a Champion In recreation centers all across America, young aspiring basketball players are trying desperately to "be like Mike." Michael Jordan is the greatest sports figure of the National Basketball Association. Every boy, who plays basketball, dreams of achieving the greatness of Jordan. He is considered the greatest player who ever stepped onto a basketball court, Michael Jordan is the measuring stick for all basketball players, and at this time no one has come close to equaling his greatness. From his incredible hang time moves on his way to the basket; to near perfect shooting in critical games, Jordan has left numerous NBA opponents in shock. Jaws drop and championship dreams are shattered largely as a result of the amazing prime-time efforts of one Michael Jordan. What makes Jordan so great? Is it his awesome jumping ability or the uncanny accuracy of his patented jump shot? As I investigate his unbelievable moves, I am convinced that the success of Jordan comes, not from his lean, muscular legs or his fantastic shooting skills, but from a passion buried deep inside his heart. ...read more.


When Jordan decided to return to basketball many people doubted his chances of equaling the success he had enjoyed before his retirement. Jordan's doubters, however, did not take into consideration his commitment to excellence. Jordan learned at a very early age that the price of success was not only very high, but also very available to anyone who was willing to work hard enough. A commitment like Jordan's is rare, especially in the face of failure. Many people Descriptive Essay 3 find it much easier to just give up or to blame someone else for their failure. Michael Jordan seems to thrive on being told that he can't do a certain thing. Unfortunately, many in today's society do not have Jordan's commitment to excellence, but that's how a lot of people approach things, and that's why a lot of people fail. They sound like they're committed to being the best they can be. They say all the right things, but when it comes down to it, they're looking for reasons for failing instead of trying to find answers. ...read more.


It is the Jordan mystique that causes fans to spend millions of dollars each year on the Nike shoes and apparel that Jordan endorses. Even though Jordan's skills are not what they once were, they are still far superior to most players in the NBA. As I watched Jordan and his beloved Bulls capture the 1996 NBA title, I could not help but realize that this man was more than just a great basketball player with great athletic skills. He is truly one of the few great American heroes. Very few men are legends in their own time, but Jordan is much bigger than life. Jordan has reached his destiny because of his dedication to what he believes in. Simply put, Jordan is successful because of his refusal to fail. I wonder how many potentially great Americans have quit seeking their dream because of some type of failure. That type of reaction is not a part of Michael Jordan, because there is never any room for quitting inside a Champion's heart. Reference Producer: NBA Entertainment Inc. (1996). Above and Beyond. Featuring: Michael Jordan, Format: VHS, 50 min. ...read more.

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