His powerful punch and menacing demeanor in the ring led George Foreman to Olympic Gold and heavyweight championships, but when Jimmy Young brutalized him in a humiliating defeat in 1977, the street bully from Houston felt he was dying.
“In the dressing room, I was walking back and forth to cool off,” he told The Houston Chronicle. “Then in a split second, I was fighting for my life.”
He lay on a locker room table. While friends and staff attended to his physical body, the battered brute battled with the God he learned little about as a kid. He admitted later he only went to church for the free lunches.
“I kept thinking, ‘You believe in God. Why are you afraid to die?” Foreman told The New York Times. “But I really didn’t believe.”
Foreman began bargaining with his Creator. If God saved him, he would give his prize money…
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