Ravens News · Why do health problems and tragedies never stop professional athletes from achieving their goals?

By: Maya Crockett

Do you ever wonder what it’s like when many professional athletes get injured and have to sit out a whole season of their sport? One thing that is very interesting about that is when they are able to come back the next season, they come back strong and better than ever. This is what makes these specific athletes so special and important. In this article I am going to be talking about different athletes and their major sports comebacks.

Muhammad Ali-
Muhammad Ali, as many of you probably know, was one of the best boxers in history. He had to sit out a season of boxing due to the Vietnam War. On March 9, 1966, at the height of the war, Ali’s draft status was revised to make him eligible to fight in Vietnam, leading him to say that as a black Muslim he was a conscientious objector, and would not enter the U.S. military. Because of this, he refused to serve in the U.S military and refused to step up when his name was called for war which despite being warned by an officer that he was committing a felony offense that was punishable by five years in prison and a fine of $10,000. This paused his boxing career. Although all of his was being done, Rumor has it that the man who returned to the ring seemed to be impossible to hit.

Magic Johnson-
As you all also probably know, Magic Johnson was known as one of the best basketball players in history. In 1991 he was diagnosed with HIV which meant that he couldn’t play his basketball season. This caused a lot of drama during the NBA season because many people found that making fun of him would be the solution. As this was all going on, Johnson thought that it would be a good idea to be a spokesman for HIV and to teach young people about how to have safe sex. After all of this, Johnson wasn’t going to let HIV stop him. Johnson came back the next season and played stronger than ever.

Michael Jordan-
As everybody knows, Michael Jordan was the best basketball player in basketball history. Jordan has won many awards and championships during every season. On July 23, 1993, Jordan’s dad was murdered by two men in his car. When Michael Jordan found this out, he was completely heartbroken and it was so bad that he sat out a whole season of basketball. This tragedy was so bad that he didn’t know when he was going to come back. In the next season, Jordan came back to play and he was ready to play hard. He came back to the court very strong and him and his team ended up winning the championship on Father’s Day. This caused Jordan to break into tears on the court after the win. This event should never be forgotten.

All of this being said, these people should always be known as important athletes and inspiring athletes as well. I hope that this article puts a lot of knowledge in your mind about professional athletes and what they are capable of in life. This article teaches many young athletes to never give up on life or their sport because of personal problems or health issues. Alway find a way to achieve your dream.

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