The only person who can really motivate you is you.”
About This Billboard
Shaq, as the world knows him, is one of the most dominating professional basketball players in NBA history. Towering at over seven feet, he has shattered records and backboards from the moment he arrived in the big leagues.
The numerous honors he has won include: three NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers, MVP in each of those finals, led the league in field goal percentage five times, and was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history. No small feat given the competition in this world-class environment.
There is another accomplishment that is less well-known but extremely important to Shaq. When he was drafted to the pros from Louisiana State University in his junior year, he made a promise that he would return to finish his degree. One might wonder why he would worry about graduating since he had such a lucrative career and did not appear to need a diploma to be more successful in life. But he had made a commitment to his mother, his school and himself. And he likes to keep his promises. It was not easy—he attended 9 summer school sessions and finally reached his goal of graduating in December of 2000 with a BA in General Studies and a minor in Political Science. Unfortunately, the ceremony in Louisiana was scheduled on a game night. In a clear demonstration of what was really important he got permission to miss the game—though at a financial cost to him—and walked through the line to mark this important milestone in his life. A promise kept and statement made that life really is more than a game.
Perseverance. Pass It On!
This billboard about Perseverance features Shaquille O'Neal; National Basketball Association player.
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i love this
that was good
Shaq is super cool and did the right thing
Janaka, Matara, Sri Lanka
he is cool
good good good good
He's sooooo funny
Joseph Ron, Florida
The fact I can get it right away with a lot more fun if I can see you soon and I'm still not working out with me on
Shaquille was pretty good at all times in a while ago but the fact I can get it right away with the best of the day before I get a follow from you and me both sides to the gym
Nathan, denton nc
i believe that if you put education first you will be beter off
Jasmine H., Port Allen, LA
He was a AWESOME basketball player to have Perseverance.
Esther Otten, Saint Michael, Alaska
Yes, students need to understand what it means "more than just a game."
Sharon Thomas, Gainesville, FL 32606
He was a good center and knew how to deny the ball, even though his career ended with a bump he was still good at basketball!
The best slam dunker I've ever seen!
Austin Ch., CT
He was the best center I have ever seen, alot of changes happen to him when he was near retirement
moises r., ct
He is so awesome!
Shaq was persistent and determined.