Nicknamed the Big Fella, Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most dominant players in NBA history. Even today, his popularity spans the globe. Here are some interesting facts about Shaquille O’Neal.
He Caused the NBA to Install “Shaq-Proof” Backboards
When Shaquille O’Neal first entered the NBA, he immediately started to wreak havoc. His dunks were powerful enough to actually bring down backboards. As a result, the NBA was forced to build backboards using stronger materials.
A Superstar on the Big Screen
Over the years, Shaquille O’Neal has been featured in a number of movies. The big-screen film Kazaam, which depicted Shaquille as a 5,000-year-old genie, was a favorite among many kids. He also acted in a popular basketball film called Blue Chips, which portrayed him as an incredible talent from Louisiana.
Quick Childhood Growth Spurt
Standing at over seven feet tall, Shaquille was an intimidating presence on the court. Even at the young age of 10, he had already grown to a height of 6 feet 4 inches tall. When playing youth basketball, his extreme height led to many people questioning his actual age.
He Kept His Head in the Books
Despite leaving college early for the NBA, Shaquille O’Neal made education a top priority. He went on to earn a doctoral degree in education from Barry University.
Became a Police Officer
In 2015, Shaquille O’Neal became a South Florida reserve police officer. During the following year, he was also sworn in as a sheriff’s deputy in Clayton Country, Georgia. This guy is committed to creating communities.
He Had a Favorite Pre-Game Meal
Before competing in a game, Shaq would enjoy a turkey club sandwich with extra mayo. Afterward, he would chow down on a chicken sandwich and macaroni.