Jordan appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated
49 times, followed by Muhammad Ali 37 times, Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar 29 times, Magic Johnson 22 times, and Jack
Nicklaus 22 times.
More on Michael Jordan's Career
Michael Jordan began his NBA career with the Chicago
Bulls in 1984. Jordan lead the Bulls to 3 consecutive
NBA championships in 1991, 1992, and 1993, before retiring
and trying his hand at baseball. Michael rejoined the
Bulls in 1995 and went on to win 3 more NBA titles in
1996, 1997, and 1998. He retired again in 1999 only
to come back for a final time as a Washington Wizard
ESPN named him 'Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century'