If You Could Interview One Noble Sports Celebrity Past Or Present Who Would It Be?
The definition of noble: Righteous, virtuous, good, honorable, upright, decent, worthy, moral, ethical, reputable, magnanimous, unselfish, generous.
Listed are the top sports celebrities from the past and present who reflect the given traits of nobility during a noteworthy point in time.
Does being of noble character mean that these certain individuals have never been subjected to the temptations of this world? Of course not. Even though the following celebrities listed are blessed with notable talent, they still face or have encountered the burdens of human nature, which is a relative part of life.
This article features sports celebrities, who exemplified reputable actions during a significant point in time.
Who Would You Interview Past Or Present?
Noble Sports Celebrities Past & Present
- Lebron James
- Kevin Durant
- Joe DiMaggio
- Roberto Clemente
- Walter Payton
- Kurt Warner
- Jackie Robinson
- Joe Frazier
- George Shuba
Donald Bradman and Jim Thorpe
He's Heading Home!
Just A Kid From Akron, Ohio
Lebron James was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. In his first professional game, he recorded 25 points against the Sacramento Kings, setting an NBA record for most points scored by a prep-to-pro player in his debut outing. In a late season match-up with the New Jersey Nets, he scored a season-high 41 points, becoming the youngest player in league history to score at least 40 points in a game at 19 years.
He was eventually named the Rookie of the Year, finishing with averages of 20.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game.
He became the first Cavalier to receive the honor and joined Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan as the only players in NBA history to average at least 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 The Cavaliers finished the season 35–47, failing to make the playoffs despite an 18-game improvement over the previous year.
At the 2006 All-Star Game, James led the East to victory with a 29 point and 6 rebound performance, becoming the youngest ever winner of the All-Star Game MVP Award at 21 years, 51 days. For the season, he averaged 31.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game, becoming the youngest player in league history to average at least 30 points per game.
James officially became a member of the Heat on July 10, completing a sign-and-trade six-year contract with the team.
James was named MVP for the third time, finishing with averages of 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists, and 1.9 steals per game on 53 percent shooting. and eventually the Heat won back to back NBA championships in 2012 and 2013.
On June 24, 2014 James chose to end his contract with the Heat. On July 11, 2014 James reached a noble decision in which he announced through Sports Illustrated that he will be returning to the Cavaliers, heading back to his hometown, in hopes of winning a championship for the fans that supported him early on. To some people LeBron’s choice to turn home holds no value. However to LeBron his passion is about showing respect towards his loyal hometown fans.
Rather you like or not folks, The Kid from Akron, Ohio, is going home!
Kevin Durant, A Man Of Positive Affirmation
Kevin Durant, His Mother Raised Him Well!
Following Kevin Durant's debut season, the Sonics relocated from Seattle to Oklahoma City, becoming the Thunder and switching to new colors blue, orange, and yellow.
The team also drafted UCLA guard Russell Westbrook, who would form an All-Star combination with Durant in later years. At the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend, Durant set a Rookie Challenge record with 46 points. By the conclusion of the year, he had raised his scoring average by five points from the prior season to 25.3 points per game, and was considered a strong candidate for the Most Improved Player Award, eventually finishing third in the voting.
In the 2009–10 season, Durant was selected to his first All-Star Game. Behind his play, the Thunder improved their record by 27 wins from the previous year and defied expectations to make the playoffs.With a scoring average of 30.1 points per game, he became the youngest-ever NBA scoring champion and was selected to his first All-NBA team. In his playoff debut, he scored 24 points in a Game 1 loss against the Los Angeles Lakers. Oklahoma City would go on to lose the series in six games, but the team's performance led sports analysts to label them as an upcoming title contender.
Kevin Durant won the NBA's 2013-14 MVP. What is said to be one of the most humbling and moving speeches given by a sports celebrity, Kevin Durant set presented an honorable speech, which showcased the love that he holds for his mother and the respect that upholds for his teammates.
Kevin Durant Entire M.V.P Awards Ceromony Speech
Joe DiMaggio, The Man
Joe DiMaggio, bigger than the game that made him an American icon, Joe DiMaggio, the man, enchanted a nation and earned a revered place in history with his natural grace, undeniable power, and unparalleled 56-game hitting streak. DiMaggio is both myth and legend who adds intrigue and honor to American history.
Joe DiMaggio traded a $43,750 Yankees salary for a payment of $50 each month when he chose to enlist in the army on February 17th, 1943. It was reported that Joe requested he receive no special treatment, yet he spent most of his time in the Army playing baseball, as did many other big league stars.
Joe proved his honorable character and his great love for ex- wife Marilyn Monroe when he claimed her body after her death, took over the funeral arrangements, and had a dozen red roses delivered three times a week to her crypt for twenty years.
Source official website of Joe DiMaggio.
Joe DiMaggio Biography
Roberto Clemente Biography
Roberto Clemente, A Man Of Honor
Roberto Clemente Walker (August 18, 1934 – December 31, 1972) was a Puerto Rican professional baseball player. He was aMajor League Baseball right fielder who played 18 seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955 through 1972.
He was a National League, Most Valuable Player once, All-Star twelve times (15 games), batting champion four times, and Gold Glove winner twelve times. In 1972, Clemente got his 3,000th major league hit.
Clemente was involved in charity work in Puerto Rico and Latin American countries during the off seasons, often delivering baseball equipment and food to those in need. He died in an aviation accident on December 31, 1972, while in route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
Clemente was inducted posthumously to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973, becoming the first Latin American to be enshrined.
Walter Payton was the NFL's all-time leader in rushing yards and all-purpose yards prior to the 2002 NFL season, when Emmitt Smith broke his record. He also held the single game rushing record until the 2000 NFL season, when it was broken by Corey Dillon. Payton led the league in rushing yards and touchdowns in the 1977 NFL season. Also, he was among the top-ten players for rushing attempts during his entire career, including 1976, 1977, and 1978, leading the category in 1979. As of 2013, he is the NFL's second all-time leading rusher, and is ranked fourth in rushing touchdowns scored. Along with Frank Gifford, Payton threw six interceptions, more than any other non-quarterback position in NFL history. He also passed for eight touchdowns.
On November 1, 1999, Payton died from the complications that arose from his illness. He was 45 years old. During the same week, the NFL held special ceremonies in each game to commemorate his career and legacy. In addition, the Chicago Bears wore special #34 patches on their jerseys to honor Payton
Before his death Payton made it a point to bring awareness surrounding the need for organ donors. His leagacy continues through through the charitable Walter and Connie Payton Foundation.
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Kurt Warner, Noble Man Of Faith
On January 18, Kurt Warner threw for 279 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions against the Philadelphia Eagles to lead the Cardinals to their first Super Bowl appearance in history. Warner is one of three quarterbacks who made Super Bowl starts with two different teams; the others are Craig Morton (1970 Dallas Cowboys and 1977 Denver Broncos) and Peyton Manning (2006 and 2009 Indianapolis Colts and 2013 Denver Broncos). Warner also became the third quarterback in NFL history to win a conference championship with two different teams, following Craig Morton and Earl Morrall.
Noble Man Of Faith:
During college, Kurt Warner met his future wife, Brenda Carney Meoni; they married on October 11, 1997. Brenda is a former United States Marine Corps corporal. She was divorced with two children, one of whom had been left brain-damaged and blind after being dropped by Brenda's ex-husband, leading to her hardship discharge from the Marines in 1990.
Warner graduated from University of Northern Iowa in 1993 with a degree in communications.
After Warner was cut from the Packers' training camp in 1994, he got a job working the night shift as a stock boy at a local Hy-Vee grocery store, in addition to his work as an assistant-coach at Northern Iowa. While Warner was working as an assistant-coach, the couple were living in Brenda's parents' basement in Cedar Falls.
Brenda's parents were killed in 1996 when their Arkansas house was destroyed by a tornado. Warner and Brenda married in October 11, 1997, at the St. John American Lutheran Church, the same place where the service for Brenda's parents were held.
After marrying Brenda, Kurt Warner officially adopted her two children from her first marriage; they have since added five children of their own.
Kurt Warner displays courage and discipline through his noble outspoken faith.
Kurt And Brenda Warner
Jackie Robinson, A Noble Man Who Carried Himself With Prestige During A Time Of Racial Tension Among Men
Jackie Robinson Biography
Cassius Clay A.K.A. Muhammad Ali
Muhummad Ali Biography
Even Though Ali, Loved To Trash Talk Which Was Apart Of His Celebrity He Eventually Came To Understand The Nobility Of Humility
On November 17, 2002, Muhammad Ali went to Afghanistan as the "U.N. Messenger of Peace". He was in Kabul for a three-day goodwill mission as a special guest of the UN. Ali's foundation
Last but not least was Ali's opponent
Smokin' Joe Frazier, A Noble Man of Forgiveness
Frazier often taunted by Ali was know t be a generous man, often helping out fellow boxers who were in need of funds. In spite of the ridicule that he was subjected to through Ali's relentless taunting the following outcome of their relationship is noted:
Sports Illustrated in May 2009 that he no longer held hard feelings for Ali. After Frazier's death in November 2011, Ali was among those who attended the private funeral services for Frazier in Philadelphia. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who spoke during the service, asked those in attendance to stand and "show your love" and reportedly Ali stood with the audience and clapped "vigorously".
Joe Frazier, A Noble Man Of Forgiveness
Joe Frazier Bio
Sir Donald George Bradman, AC (27 August 1908 – 25 February 2001), often referred to as "The Don", was an Australian cricketer, widely acknowledged as the greatest Test batsman of all time. Mentioned by: Hub Author, Rod Marsden.
Jim Thorpe was a Native American professional football and baseball player, known for his all-around athleticism. He was a gold-medal runner at the 1912 Olympics. Mentioned By Hub Author, Ericdierker
Donald Bradman A Noble Man Of Honor Serving In The Royal Australian Air Force During WWII
Jim Thorpe, A Noble Athlete Who Excelled In Every Sport While Enduring Painful Hardships In Life
The Good Samaritan Sets The Prime Example Of What It Means To Be Of Noble Chracter
The Good Smaraitan
My definition of a nobleman speaks clearly in the Parable of, 'The Good Samaritan.'
In the parable a caring Samaritan helped a man that had been robbed and beaten. He set the victim up in a hotel and took care of him. The next day before leaving he paid for the man's room and board.
Two men had the opportunity prior to help this man in need, yet they left him for dead, due to their own selfish views.
The Samaritan put himself in the place of a victim who was in need of help.
There are now hospitals named after the actions of The Good Samaritan.
It is rewarding to have talent; however it is the gift of nobility that sets a man apart from the rest.
(Emunah La-Paz, Faith of Peace)