Posted by Gary on January 18, 2012
One of my favorite athletes of all-time is George Foreman. I don’t follow boxing like I used to and even have some qualms about it since my conversion but I have always loved the sport and George Foreman is certainly amongst the greatest champions of all-time. Watch Foreman’s first fight against Joe Frazier on YouTube and all you can say is, “scary”. Who can forget Howard Cosell’s, “Down goes Frazier!” “Down goes Frazier!” “Down goes Frazier!”
George lost the title he won from Frazier to Muhammad Ali in Zaire in 1974. A short time after that he lost again to Jimmy Young. After that fight in the dressing room George had a near-death experience and spoke of being in a place of utter despair. In that despair he acknowledged God and said he was pulled out of the terrible place he was in and coming to he began shouting that Jesus Christ was alive in him.
One might wonder if George had taken to many head shots that night but the subsequent years would prove that something significant had happened to him. Everyone who knew him said that he became a different man, no longer angry and violent but gentle and happy.