Records are made to be broken. Excellence is its own reward.
But not always -- especially when achieving breaking a record and achieving excellence shifts the spotlight off another person.
At least that's what Jordan Bohannon, a member of the Iowa University basketball team, thinks. On Sunday, Jordan went to the free-throw line having made 34 free throws in a row. Making one more would break the school's all-time record, a mark that has stood for nearly 30 years.
But making one more would break the record held by Chris Street, an Iowa player who died in a car accident during his junior year in school.
So what did Jordan do? He missed. Intentionally.
Here is the free throw Jordan Bohannon missed on purpose that would have broken Chris Street's record. And then a minute later, back to the line, you see his homage to Street. He made them both. pic.twitter.com/pv7Q0HOQdm-- Jon Miller (@hawkeyenation) February 26, 2018
"That's not my record to have," Jordan said after the game. "That record deserves to stay in his name."
Bohannon answers question of if he missed on purpose our not, courtesy Big Ten Network. pic.twitter.com/ekA96m2EU9-- Jon Miller (@hawkeyenation) February 26, 2018
What we say is important, but what we do defines us -- especially the things we do for other people, simply because we can.