COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – A social media sensation out of Coeur d’Alene got a special surprise from his hero.
Jeffrey Harrison, 33, has been dubbed ‘CDA MJ’ after he was spotted playing pickup basketball on July 4, paying homage to basketball icon Michael Jordan.
KREM 2 passed Harrison's information along to Jordan's business manager who showed him the story. He was so touched by Harrison's tribute, that Jordan decided to pass along a 'thank you' to one of his biggest fans.
Michael Jordan sent two boxes of gear to Jeffrey Harrison after seeing video of him playing hoops in his MJ uniform. pic.twitter.com/ZV0c7KpJcQ— Darnay Tripp (@DarnayTripp) August 12, 2016
On Friday, Jordan sent Harrison two boxes of gear. There were shoes, t-shirts, shorts, sweats and many more. In the box Jordan wrote him a letter saying in part, “Continue to believe in yourself, play hard and always remember to enjoy the game.” Words of inspiration from the greatest basketball player of all time, written specifically to Harrison.
Harrison also got to talk to Jordan on the phone Friday. At the end of the conversation, Jordan said he was going to be watching for him and he hoped he enjoyed the things he sent him.
His mother Barbara Williams had kept it all a surprise and Jeffrey said he had no idea it was coming.
"I knew it was him. It kind of brought me to tears after I got off the phone so I figured this is really going to be nice. The fact that Michael Jordan took the time to call and put all this together. I love it, even the cologne even the sweats, I love it," said Harrison.
The end of Jeffrey's phone call with Michael Jordan. I'll not soon forget this moment. pic.twitter.com/CCdcxMtDIZ— Darnay Tripp (@DarnayTripp) August 12, 2016
Harrison has been infatuated with Jordan since he was 4-years-old. He has been wearing the Jordan uniform since 2010. It has earned him nicknames like Jordan, but the response has not always been positive.
Many people did not know at the time he blew up on social media that Harrison is developmentally disabled. He is unable to work and he dedicates much of his time to basketball, watching videos of Jordan's old teams and playing pickup games.
Harrison said people are not always nice and it frustrates him. But, he has never let it defeat him. He challenges the perception of who he is and what he is capable of both in life and in basketball.
Harrison said he always has fun playing basketball and takes it very seriously. It is just another way he takes after his idol.