Michael Jordan (#6 BEIR) is as familiar a face as almost anyone on the planet. Still, there was another Chicago Bulls player whose face most of us probably remember as equally well. It was frequently covered in goggles, in fact, and that should quickly bring one name to your mind … Horace Grant.

They were big. They were ugly. But for Horace, his goggles were worn for a purpose. No, it wasn’t just to see more clearly. In fact, after laser surgery, the once legally blind Grant says he didn’t need them at all. So why did he wear them? “I had grandparents and parents come up to me and thank me for wearing them,” he says. “Their kids and grandkids would get made fun of by wearing protective eyewear playing sports, so I kept wearing them to help make it cool to wear goggles for the kids.

Grant played 17 seasons in the NBA before retiring in 2004, winning four titles three with the Bulls and one with the Lakers. He was the quintessential #2 BEAR power forward who possessed a quality jump shot and played the game with gross-motor finesse. Remember, #2s typically love children, so it’s no surprise to learn that Mr. Grant would go to such lengths to encourage them!

Written by: Staff
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