Chicago Bulls veteran Michael Jordan spoke to the Alabama football team on Tuesday night, BomOnline has learned. Jordan addressed the team via a zoom during a previously scheduled team meeting and even answered some of the players’ questions after his speech.
According to one source, Jordan spoke of winning, being a contestant, dealing with outside noise and decency and sacrifice as well as being the best and being a leader.
Alabama later shared photos of JordanTuesday evening chat.
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The six-time NBA champion is one of several guest speakers who have addressed the Crimson Tide team along with Condosleza Rice, Charles Barclay and Tony Dungy.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban was a fan of The Last Dance Series, focusing on Jordan’s final season with the Bulls and could relate to the 14-time All-Star approach.
Saban said in May, “I really think the last three minutes of the last show … was something I could really relate to,” “We always hold a very high standard in the program that we here How we want everyone to be the best version of themselves personally, academically and affirmatively, because we’re college coaches. We’re not just in the professional ranks and it’s all about winning games. It’s about winning games in college. There is a lot about, but there are some other things that we try to develop into players as well. But when he told him as some teammates that you could be a tyrannical and he stayed and really He had tears in his eyes when he said that there was a price to pay for winning.
“There is a price to be paid for being a leader. You have to push people to do things they don’t want to do. This can make them uncomfortable. Everyone wants to be comfortable, but if you’re going to be really successful and you’re going to be really good, then you’ve got used to being uncomfortable. And I can really relate to that because that’s what we’ve always tried to get players into our program. Some understand it, some do not. Some people use it to recruit against us sometimes because I’ve heard, ‘You have no fun in Alabama.’ Well, we have fun here. I mean the structure that we have is so much that the players don’t enjoy it very much.
“But at the same time, we are also trying to create a culture of accountability, where players have the best chance of developing the kind of habits that are going to help them succeed in their lives, in their future.” Sometimes when you hold people accountable, it’s probably to a standard they don’t use, but in the long run, it really, really benefits their chances to succeed. And I think Michael Jordan was trying to say that, and I think that’s something that we can really relate to here. ”
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