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"I didn't come back for the money. I just got sick of beating people up for free."

American boxer, born in 1949 in Marshall, Texas. He spent his youth as a general thug and nogoodnik, but joined the Job Corps in an attempt to turn his life around. There, he started boxing and was able to convert his strength and skill in the ring into a gold medal in heavyweight boxing in the Mexico City Olympics in 1968.

Foreman started his professional boxing career in 1971. In 1973, he knocked Joe Frazier to the mat six times before scoring a second-round knockout to become the heavyweight champion. The next year, he took on Muhammad Ali in the "Rumble in the Jungle" in Zaire; though heavily favored against Ali, the intimidating, more powerful, and often-belligerent Foreman got out-strategized and out-lasted by Ali.

After losing a 12-round decision to Jimmy Young in 1977, Foreman had a religious conversion in his dressing room. He retired from boxing and eventually became an ordained minister. He transformed himself from a brooding, angry brawler into a happy and affectionate good guy--surely one of the more effective high-profile campaigners for Christianity out there. He even preaches, on at least a semi-regular basis, at the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Houston, Texas.

Trying to earn more money for a youth center he had founded, Foreman returned to the ring in 1987 and, against all expectations, became a contender again. He went 12 rounds against Evander Holyfield in 1991 and, while he didn't win, the 40-year-old Foreman also didn't get humiliated, which is what many viewers were expecting. In 1993, he starred in a short-lived sitcom called "George", and in 1994, Foreman, then 45, knocked out 26-year-old Michael Moorer in ten rounds to regain the heavyweight title.

In 1995, Foreman lent his name to the George Foreman Lean Mean Grilling Machine and became its enthusiastic spokesman. He also transformed his love of food and cooking from a hobby to a minor career, writing several cookbooks and hosting a cooking show.

Foreman has been married a number of times. He has ten kids, five girls and five boys--and yes, all of the boys are named George. Heck, one of the girls is named Georgette and another is named Freeda George. If you got a working formula, why change it, right?

In his 81 professional fights from 1971 to 1997, Foreman had 76 wins (with 68 knockouts) and only five losses.

Research from www.biggeorge.com

/me hopes one of you Foreman scholars out there can make a better writeup than I did...

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