The origins of the term, “real MVP” came in late spring of 2014 when Kevin Durant became the NBA’s youngest most valuable player (MVP). During his award ceremony he gave a heartfelt speech that was dedicated to his mother. He received one the highest professional accolades and in doing so acknowledged how he could not have done it, if it were not for all the sacrifices his mother made. He called her the “real MVP” and the memes would live on forever.
Standing at 6’9’’ A.C. Green was drafted 23rd overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1985. He’d go on to be a three-time NBA champion (1987, 1988, 2000), and was an NBA All-Star in 1990. I sure most would agree that A.C. Green was a great role player, making quite a name for himself during his 16 year NBA career. But none of these facts listed are what makes A.C. Green the “real MVP”. What matters most is that A.C. Green played his entire 16-year NBA as a virgin.
Yes, A.C. Green was a devout Christian who vowed to abstain from sex until his marriage to his wife Veronique Green in 2002 making him 39 years old. Now let’s think about this for second, it’s hard enough to even make it to the NBA and likelihood of a sixteen year career is not as common. But to accomplish both of those feats while remaining a virgin! My hats off to you bruh and salute, that took some strong will power.
It’s hard to imagine going out doing your job on the highest of levels and on the greatest of stages. You’re young, not a bad looking guy, you’re rich, “handsome and wealthy”, as the rap group Migos would say. The groupies, the peer pressure, the responsibility, the money! A.C. Green had to balance all of these temptations during his sixteen-year NBA career and still performed his job on a high level.
With so many walking clichés surrounding the NBA and sports in general, like the promiscuity, the numerous kids, the numerous baby-mommas, the side chicks, I wonder could it still be possible to walk the path as Green did? Or will he forever be the real MVP?