Dropped out of high school and joined Job Corps, where he learned to box.
Won a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.
Won his first world heavyweight title in 1973 (against Joe Frazier) and his second more than 20 years later against Michael Moorer in 1994.
Retired from boxing in 1977 but returned to the ring in 1987.
Finished his career with a 76-5 (68 KOs) record.
Named all five of his sons George.
Opened the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Houston.
Spokesman for the George Foreman Lean Mean Grilling Machine, which became so popular that the manufacturer bought out Foreman and his partner for nearly $140 million in 1999 (rather than continue to pay them royalties).
Has released multiple cookbooks, an autobiography and a children’s book.
Is active in the Knock Out Pediatric Cancer initiative and continues to work with the George Foreman Youth & Community Center, which he founded in 1984.