I’m from Chicago and grew up following and 12 Incredible years of playing in football 34 Walter Payton Chicago Bears shirt loving both players. My first NFL football game ever was Super Bowl XX, when the Bears won in 1986. My most cherished sports card was my Michale Jordan Fleer 1986-87 rookie card. I share this because when I started traveling internationally in college in the 90s, it would naturally come up that I was from Chicago. More than anything or anyone else, people in other countries would immediately bring up Michael Jordan as an association with the city. It was even pointed out to me that before MJ that the association with Chicago was mostly gangsters like Al Capone.
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Jordan put Chicago back on the map globally as one 12 Incredible years of playing in football 34 Walter Payton Chicago Bears shirt of the most valuable spokespeople on the planet and one of the most recognized faces on the planet. During Jordan’s reign, the Bulls got a new stadium, the United Center where a statue of MJ greets fans at the front gate, and the Bulls won their last three championships behind Jordan’s leadership. Clearly MJ factored into that getting built. While Payton was brilliant on the field, he didn’t have that larger than life personality that Jordan had that not only the city, but the whole world embraced.