One of the greatest, if not the greatest athlete of all-time appeared on his first Sports Illustrated cover on Nov. 28, 1983. That would be former North Carolina Tar Heel Michael Jordan, who has appeared on 50 SI covers total – the most of any athlete.
This Day In 1983: Michael Jordan appears on Sports Illustrated for the first time.
No athlete has appeared on more covers (50). pic.twitter.com/87SCcKh57Y
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 28, 2017
That year, Jordan was featured on the college basketball preview edition – the Tar Heels were the No. 1 team in the country. The season would end in disappointment, though – 1984 was the year North Carolina was upset by Indiana in the NCAA Tournament.
Jordan averaged 19.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game that season – good numbers, but not as gaudy as we’d eventually see in the NBA. Regardless, MJ was a great Tar Heel, and he’s a big reason why North Carolina basketball is what it is today.
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