Alonzo Mourning was an NBA champion(with the Miami Heat), a seven-time All-Star, and a two-time winner of the Defensive Player of the Year award. That's a pretty damn good career.
On top of that, he's just a good dude. Alonzo has done a ton of work with charity and helping out the community. He was always an incredibly well-respected player by his teammates and people around the NBA.
That respect increased to another level when he dealt with a kidney disease, needed a kidney transplant, and remarkably returned to the NBA after missing nearly two entire seasons. He also helped the Heat win the 2005-2006 championship after that.
Well, even after being retired for a few years, Alonzo is still making news, and as you'd expect with him, for the right reasons.
Found at the outstanding Ball Don't Lie, with the quote and story originally coming from the Orlando Sentinel:
Mourning's vehicle had been sitting in traffic on the right lane, when he spotted a disabled person sitting in a motorized wheelchair along the curb. Mourning jumped out of his SUV, stood in the road and stopped traffic by raising his long arms, while the wheelchair-bound pedestrian made it to the median. Then, the seven-time NBA All-Star who was wearing a white dress shirt and tie with slacks, immediately went to the southbound lanes and raised his arms to command stunned drivers to stop. All traffic movement instantly stopped, and the wheelchair safely made it to the other side.
After making sure the citizen was safe on the other side of the road, Mourning lowered his arms and headed to his SUV to the sound of cheering fans, who recognized the 6-foot-10 temporary crossing guard. Mourning modestly acknowledged the cheers with a wave of his hand and ducked back into his SUV.
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