Hakeem Olajuwon is one of the best basketball players of all time. He was dominant offensively and defensively. He is the NBA career leader in blocks. People still talk about his patented “Dream Shake,” and for years NBA big men have turned to Olajuwon to try and hone their post moves. This is all impressive but what is perhaps even more impressive is that one time while filming a commercial Olajuwon ate 100 Chicken McNuggets.
Olajuwon was filming a McDonald’s commercial wherein the premise required him to slam dunk Chicken McNuggets into his mouth. For unknown reasons, it took a while to get the commercial exactly right, leading to a taping that took five hours and over 100 takes. Most people would dunk the McNugget into their mouth and then spit it out. Not Olajuwon, who ate every single McNugget he popped into his mouth.
Eventually, a producer asked The Dream if he would prefer if they replaced the McNuggets with something inedible, to keep Olajuwon’s intake down. He declined, saying, “I like these things. Let’s keep doing it.” This is the magic of Hakeem Olajuwon. In addition to being a legendary basketball player, he was a remorseless McNugget eating machine. The only disappointment is that we don’t know just how many McNuggets Olajuwon could eat. Maybe he could have been some sort of McNugget version of Joey Chestnut. Oh well. At least he has his basketball resume to fall back on.