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George Foreman's Second Chance

The boxing legend, ordained minister, and 'King of the Grills' talks about the power of forgiveness.

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I wish I knew where in the world that place is.  All I can tell you is that I would never want to go back there. It was just complete emptiness and darkness. If you multiply every sad thought you've ever had in your life, you wouldn't come close to this dump yard. That's where I was—just dead.  And nothingness where I was, just nothing.

 

You said that you were interested in several religions before you became a Christian and that you toyed with the idea of becoming Muslim like Muhammad Ali [who took Foreman's heavyweight title in a bout in Zaire in 1974].  Why did you ultimately choose to become a Christian? 

 

I thought about [Islam], but one day I tore [Ali's] jacket off of him, being the mean guy that I am, and he cussed me out so bad. And I said, "Wow!  I'm like that already."  So, I left [Islam] alone.

 

And then I admired [David Carradine] from the [1970s television series] "Kung Fu." He looked Buddhist or something.  I don't know what he was.  He just looked so cool—and that karate. And he could stop [doing that] and meditate. And I thought about that [religion], too. 

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