Kimbo Slice: The Next American Sports Hero?

Justin G.Correspondent IJune 5, 2008

Merrian-Webster defines a hero as:

a: a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability

b: an illustrious warrior

c: a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities

d: one that shows great courage

Kids all look to someone to be our hero in America, and most of our heros are sports figures. So is the new brand of sports hero an ultimate fighter named Kimbo Slice?

Kimbo comes from a poor background, growing up on the streets.  Now most heroes come from poor areas and have to grow up using a stick to play ball, or a peach basket for a hoop, or a rag ball to shoot a goal. Or the athlete/hero does incredible tasks to become the hero that he is today. Most of these people grow up in a poor area. 

Kimbo, on the other hand, was a grown-up homeless man.

Kimbo earned his money going to fight people on the street, which is a illegal activity. He worked his way from the bottom to get to the point he is today.

Now I do not know if that fight was stopped at a bad time on Saturday.  I personally am not a fan of this sport. But I recognize it as a gutsy sport.

All I got to say is this man is out for it all.  What's he got to lose? If he does lose, he goes back to the streets. He has already been to the very bottom. 

I have a hard time taking him as the new hero. He has a beard that is stereotypical of a homeless man's beard.  His slogan is "for his bread." 

But if this is people's hero, then so be it. He has most of the qualifications to be this great story if he makes smart choices and continues to be a great fighter. 

If he is a hero, then is "Pacman" Jones a hero? He did not do anything illegal.  He was found innocent.

All I got to say is good luck to him and may he be successful.  Kids, do not let your parents pick your hero. Your hero is someone who represents what you believe.