This week of Beards Of History features the king of the “skyhook”, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
April 16th, 1947 marked the beginning of a legacy.
Originally named Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr, Jabbar became a man with the physique that could not be stopped in the game of basketball.
Abdul grew to be a whopping 7 feet 2 inches tall and made the most of his height throughout his entire life. During his college career, Jabbar was selected as the NCAA MVP a record three times.
By the age of 24, Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. had adopted his Muslim name Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Despite literally choosing his new name, Kareem made a name for himself in his NBA career.
The amount of points Jabbar scored during his seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers grew almost as quickly as his beard, reaching an incredible 38,387 points throughout his entire career.
Kareem and his beard also received rewards such as a six-time NBA MVP, as well as a record 19-time NBA All-Star.
Kareem will forever be recognized as one of the best basketball players in the game.
Continue to inspire others and be a legend Kareem, may your beard grow forever.