HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHAQUILLE O’NEAL!
Today is all about celebrating the one and only, Shaquille O’Neal!
March 6th is the Big Diesel’s birthday, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate his 46th with him! Shaq may be known for his larger than life persona and dominating skills on the basketball court, but we wanted to shout out some of Shaquille’s other impressive stats… did you know he has a doctorate degree, or that he is a well-known DJ? Here are 5 facts you didn’t know about the big guy himself, Shaquille O’Neal.
- He earned a doctoral degree… not just an honorary doctorate, in education.
His capstone topic was “The Duality of Humor and Aggression in Leadership Styles.” He even kept an impressive 3.81 grade-point-average while in school!
- He’s released four studio albums.
That’s in addition to a pair of compilation albums, two soundtracks, one unreleased album and nine singles. His debut record, 1993’s Shaq Diesel, went platinum.
Bonus: He nearly collaborated on a song with The Smashing Pumpkins during the late ‘90s. Billy Corgan’s backing track for the demo was loosely based on Dr. Dre.
- He’s taken a vow to protect and serve
With his extensive involvement in sports, business and the arts, you’d think Shaq wouldn’t have time to protect the average citizen on the street, but that’s exactly what he’s done. The Big Diesel signed on a reserve officer with the Los Angeles Port Police after joining the Lakers in the late 1990s, and by 2005 he had also become an honorary deputy in Bedford County, Virginia and an honorary U.S. Deputy Marshal in Miami. After retiring, he added to his credentials by being sworn in as a deputy in Broward County, Georgia. Clearly influenced by his military upbringing and two uncles who served on the force, he has stated a desire to become a police chief or sheriff someday.
- He’s a philanthropist
The Miami Heat All-Star center frequently donates time and money to charitable causes, including $1 million to the Boys and Girls Club of America to create technology centers in Clubs nationwide, in partnership with Microsoft Corporation.
- He has an athleisure-inspired eyewear collection.
With its reference to the Athleisure trend, Shaquille O’Neal Eyewear is a triple threat offering style, performance and comfort. Featuring masculine shapes in metal and zyl, color accents, specialized temple treatments, and larger “Shaq-sized” sizes for the larger man, the Shaquille O’Neal collection scores!
Check out the latest styles for 2018:
Shaquille O’Neal style 135M
Get ahead of the competition in the sporty styling of Shaquille O’Neal 135M. Offered in an on-trend rectangle that flatters a variety of facial shapes, this full rim metal is available in Black (021) and Gunmetal (058) to take your fashion game into overtime. Both colors feature a smooth matte front accented by a shiny silver endpiece and rubberized temples with a sporty pop of color. Extended-Fit® sizing provides additional headspace with a larger endpiece and longer temple length to keep up with any guy’s active lifestyle. The QD 135M features spring hinges for easy adjustments, snap-in nosepads, and the ability to accommodate progressives.
Shaquille O’Neal style 136Z
Look no further for the MVP of eyewear with the athleisure-inspired look of Shaquille O’Neal 136Z. this full rim zyl is no match for the competition in a classic square shape. Delivering the highest level of both style and performance, the QD 136Z takes things to the next level in two stylish colors. Black (021) has a triple layered front with blue stacked between two layers of black zyl. The color combo continues onto the striped rubberized temple complete with comfort grip temple tips. Navy (300) has a shiny three-layer combo on front made up of blue/white/orange zyl, followed by stripped blue and orange rubberized temples and comfort grip temple tips. Spring hinges allow the wearer to make easy adjustments. Accommodates progressives.
Shaquille O’Neal style 137M
Crafted with sports technology and inspired by the court, Shaquille O’Neal 137M effortlessly takes you through every part of your active day. This semi-rimless metal has a lightweight, sturdy construction, and sporty color palette. Black (021) has a matte front with a thin, shiny red accent running along the top bar. Gunmetal (058) continues this theme with a matte gunmetal front accented by a shiny navy line on the top. Three rectangle shaped cut-outs add ventilation and a lightweight feel to the metal temples. Comfort fit features include spring hinges, snap-in nosepads and the ability to accommodates progressives.
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