"Sports give you the chance to be the best, the chance to win and be somebody," Mr. T wrote in his 1984 autobiography, The Man with the Gold. In that spirit we present the greatest athletic achievements of the man who popped back into the national sporting consciousness last week by making a shot from center ice during a second-intermission promotion at a Blackhawks game.
8 Pummeling Super Dave Osborne
The comic-stuntman tried to prove his courage by taunting T after he finished hitting the heavy bag—"Where do you get your hair cut, in a pet shop?"—which led to a savage beatdown. What it lacked in verisimilitude, it more than made up for in hilarity.
7 First pitch at Cubs game
Who would have thought Mr. T was a soft-throwing lefty, more Tommy John than Tommy Hearns? Luckily, his Zubaz pants distracted onlookers from his somewhat shaky form.
6 Blackhawks center-ice goal
Bonus points for his preshot prediction: "Pain. I pity that puck."
5 WrestleMania I
Mr. T—who according to the ringside announcer had been "living on tuna fish and water for ... three or four weeks"—joined with Hulk Hogan to defeat Rowdy Roddy Piper and Paul (Mr. Wonderful) Orndorff. Guest referee Muhammad Ali and bell ringer Liberace seemed impressed.
4 High school wrestling