Shaq and 2 Chains to Appear at 78th Magic City Classic
Basketball legend Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal has been announced as this year’s Magic City Classic ambassador, while Grammy-award winning rapper 2 Chains has been announced as the postgame concert act.
By Timothy C. Ervin
Basketball legend Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal will serve as the ambassador of the 78th annual McDonald’s Magic City Classic presented by Coca-Cola, on Oct. 26.
As ambassador, Shaq will greet fans at the McDonald’s Magic City Classic Parade as the Parade’s Grand Marshal and entertain the crowd during the game at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.
Shaq is a four-time National Basketball Association (NBA) champion, Olympic gold medalist and television sports analyst. He played for six teams throughout his 19-year NBA career and was announced as a nominee for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on December 21, 2015. Shaq’s accolades include the 1999–2000 MVP award, the 1992–93 NBA Rookie of the Year award, 15 All-Star game selections, three All-Star Game MVP awards, three Finals MVP awards, two scoring titles, 14 All-NBA team selections and three NBA All-Defensive Team selections. He is one of only three players to win NBA MVP, All-Star game MVP and Finals MVP awards in the same year.
Following his basketball career, Shaq found success off the court in acting, music, television and is currently an analyst on Inside The NBA on TNT.
At halftime, presidents of ASU and Alabama A&M will honor Shaq as the ambassador.
Past celebrity ambassadors have included Don Cheadle, Rickey Smiley, Anthony Anderson, Bell Biv DeVoe, Ice Cube, Bootsy Collins, Lisa Raye McCoy, LL Cool J, Magic Johnson and, Charles Barkley.
Rapper 2 Chains to Perform during Postgame Concert
The game ends, but the party continues. Stick around for the postgame concert featuring Grammy-award winning rapper 2 Chainz. Admission to the concert is included with the game ticket.
For more information, visit www.themagiccityclassic.com