What do these two have in common? They’re both Hall of Famers.
(Andrew D. Bernstein/Allen Einstein/NBAE/Getty Images)
What do Shaquille O’Neal and Jon Bon Jovi have in common? You guessed it. They’re both being inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
Shaq and the 80’s rocker join a Hall of Fame class that includes comedians Abbott and Costello, astronomer Carl Sagan, Yankee shortstop Phil Rizzuto, novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, poet Walt Whitman, comedian Jerry Lewis, tennis star Althea Gibson and inventor Guglielmo Marconi. “The Big Cactus” beat out musician Count Basie, former President Woodrow Wilson and actor Jack Nicholson, all who were unable to make the cut this year.
What did Shaq think of beating out an Academy-Award Winner and a former Commander in Chief?
He called the selection a “great and humbling honor.”
“I hope that through this wonderful museum, my accomplishments both in the NBA and in the classroom can be an inspiration to others,” he told the Associated Press.
The winners were chosen by residents of New Jersey, who had months to pick their favorites online, and by the hall’s voting academy, which is made up of 100 state organizations. All of the figures inducted have deep roots within the state.
Currently, the museum has only a virtual home, but the state plans on building two satellite locations and a mobile museum to tour around the state.
If you’d like to read more about O’Neal being named, click here.