Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson is the honorary captain of the Michigan State University Spartans for the 2011 Quicken Loans Carrier Classic. You’ve probably heard that already. It’s certainly all over the news about the event. In anticipation of the game, I wanted to take a closer look at one of my basketball heroes.
Magic has remained close to the MSU basketball program since earning the Most Outstanding Player award of the 1979 Final Four, and leading the Spartans to a NCAA championship victory that same year.
While Magic has obtained a seemingly endless list of accomplishments on the court, he has been equally successful off the court. Aside from being a philanthropist and motivational speaker, Magic is the newest member of Detroit Venture Partners. DVP is a venture capital firm that funds start-up and early-stage technology companies in Detroit.
As a state champion at Lansing’s Everett High School, NCAA champion at Michigan State University, NBA champion with the Los Angles Lakers, Gold Medalist with the 1992 Olympic ‘Dream Team,’ and winner of a fight for his health, Magic is truly winning personified.
The effortless charisma Magic displays has been a driving force behind his successful television career. After the conclusion of “The Magic Hour” (his late night talk show on the Fox network in 1998) and his successful Magic Johnson Entertainment Production, “Brown Sugar” Johnson has become a fan favorite as an ESPN analyst on NBA Countdown.
Many fans watching the 2011 Quicken Loans Carrier Classic on television and live in San Diego will be excited to see Magic Johnson walk out on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson. However, the chances are slim that anyone will have a more luminous smile than Magic because when you’re one of the greatest winners of all time, your smile is a reflection of your perpetual excitement and enthusiasm.