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Horace Grant: I wore goggles after LASIK to be a role model for kids

During the 1990s, the Chicago Bulls had a player that can be easily spotted on the court because of his eyewear. Horace Grant was known to be the player who sported a pair of goggles throughout his career which became his trademark look.

The 51-year-old Clemson product recently revealed the reason why he wore them during his playing days and also talked about wanting to change the image of that look.

“I got them because I was legally blind. I wore ’em because of that for a few years. After a few years I got LASIK surgery, but I kept wearing them without the perscription lenses because I had grandparents and parents come up to me and thank me for wearing them. Their kids and grandkids would get made fun of by wearing protective eyewear playing sports, so I kept wearing them to help make it cool to wear goggles for the kids.”

It is indeed surprising to find out that he was legally blind as that did not seem to hinder him from being a force inside the paint and helping the Bulls win their first three-peat from 1991-1993. Perhaps not as surprising, though, to find out he didn’t even need the goggles later in his career.

With averages of 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game in a stellar 17-year career in the NBA, not only did Horace Grant win four championships, but he also made wearing goggles during games look cool.

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