Michael Jordan superfan gets surprise from NBA legend (Video)

INGLEWOOD, CA - JUNE 12: Guard Michael Jordan
INGLEWOOD, CA - JUNE 12: Guard Michael Jordan /

A longtime impersonator of Michael Jordan got a shocking phone call from the man himself.

For most fans, getting to meet their sports hero is simply a dream. But for one lucky fan, he got the surprise of a lifetime. It was a phone call and care package from Michael Jordan.

Last month, an autistic man in Washington went viral when a video surfaced of him playing basketball. Casually playing a pickup game, 33-year-old Jeffrey Harrison was decked out in full Jordan tribute. From the full No. 23 Chicago Bulls jersey and shorts combo to the bald head, even as detailed as the sleeve on his leg, Harrison went out like he was the legend himself.

Darnay Tripp, a reporter for KREM Channel in Spokane, found out about him and his adoration for Jordan. Tripp contacted Jordan’s business manager and described the story he had been working on. The manager then forwarded everything to the legend, who decided to do something special.

Jordan contacted Harrison’s mother to set up everything. He would send the fan a shipment of brand new Jordan brand gear and shoes to wear when he would play ball. Jordan included a letter that gave some pretty sound advice.

"Continue to believe in yourself. Play hard and always remember to enjoy the game."

He then shocked Harrison by actually calling himself on the phone. He said he wanted to make sure Jeffrey got his gifts. His mother said the whole thing even brought her to tears. Tripp noted during a KREM news broadcast segment covering the story that the entire thing was Jordan’s idea. In an age where so many athletes have bad reputations for one reason or another, seeing one of the biggest icons in sports history do something like this is always a welcome sight.