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Michael Jordan Sends Video Message To Chris Chelios

by Cedric ‘BIG CED’ Thornton

Chicago definitely made them both.

A Chicago sports legend, the Blackhawks’ Chris Chelios, had his jersey number raised to the rafters at United Center this past weekend. Another Chicago sports legend, Michael Jordan, was scheduled to be there, but due to a death in the former basketball player’s family, he was unable to attend.

He did send a video message to Chelios instead.
According to NBC Sports Chicago, the ceremony took place on Sunday, Feb. 26, when the team retired Chelios’s No. 7 jersey before the Blackhawks played against the Detroit Red Wings. The NBA Hall of Famer sent in a video message that was displayed on the jumbotron screen at the stadium.

The love Chelios has for Jordan was displayed in his speech as he made sure to mention the former basketball player.

“And we go, of course, to Michael Jordan, who became a dear friend of mine. Without a doubt, the king,” Chelios said. “And that old phrase they use, ‘I want to be like Mike,’ well, I really did want to be like Mike. And one thing I did, which I hadn’t done previously in my career, was train properly. And I just watched him after every game with Tim Grove, his trainer. And I thought to myself, well if Michael’s got a trainer, that might be my edge. I’ll get a trainer.”
And just like Mike, he is now just like him by having his jersey hanging in the same rafters as the basketball legend.

Source: Black Enterprise

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