In honor of the 19th anniversary of the famous Michael Jordan “Flu Game”, the Jordan Brand rolled out a campaign dubbed #GreatnessOvercomes with a series of video clips featuring comedian J.B. Smoove and Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen exploring funny alternative Michael Jordan flu game theories.
On June 11, 1997, Michael Jordan overcame fever and fatigue to guide his team to victory over Utah in a crucial Game Five. Jordan Brand Vice President and longtime friend Howard “H” White shares his first hand account of that legendary night.
“For me, Game 5 was a defining moment in sports and in life. I wear a gold Air Jordan 12 around my neck because it represents the duality of greatness and humility. Only true greatness can rise to the occasion but can also be humble enough to be carried off by another. In spite of all obstacles – greatness always finds a way to overcome.”
Jordan’s 38 points led all scorers, and the win gave Chicago a 3-2 series advantage en route to its fifth title. Jordan’s heroics that evening are etched in playoff lore; the shoes he wore — the Air Jordan XII — instantly cemented in sneaker history.
Watch Jordan Brand’s full video series below, and share your stories of personal triumph with the Twitter hashtag #GreatnessOvercomes: