The 700 Club with Pat Robertson


George Foreman: Giving Life an Extra Punch

By Shannon Woodland and Scott Ross
The 700 Club SCOTT ROSS: How in the world do you find time to do everything?

GEORGE FOREMAN: It's wonderful now. I'm really trying to get back into boxing. Before the year ends, I'd like to have another boxing match.

SCOTT: But you're 55! Anybody tell you how old you are?

GEORGE: Ha-ha. You know, I'd like to wake up in the morning and say, 'Look, George, you're 55. You should rest.' I get up in the morning looking for an adventure.

SCOTT (reporting): George won the coveted heavyweight title twice, once in 1973 and again in 1994 when he was 45, making him the oldest man ever to win. After 81 career matches, Foreman retired for good in 1997…or did he?

(to George): Are you serious about fighting again?

GEORGE: I would love to do it. I hope to have one more boxing match at the age of 55. Given that demographic at the age of 55 to 65, you've got to make a statement with your life. Otherwise, you are just existing.

SCOTT: But you could get hurt.

GEORGE: Oh, there's nothing more dangerous in life at getting hurt at than love itself. People are hurt in love affairs and never recover, more than a boxing match.

George ForemanSCOTT (reporting): Divorced four times, it seems George has lost to love more times than he's lost in the ring, something he's not proud of. In 1974, George lost his title to Mohammed Ali. Then three years late, after a brutal 12-round match, George was so beaten up he thought he was dying.

GEORGE: I went back to my dressing room, fighting for my life, and that's when I heard the Voice. I was trying to make a deal. I knew I was about to die. I said, 'I'm still George Foreman. I can give money to charity and cancer.' And the Voice said, 'I don't want your money; I want you!' Tears fell. I was scared. I'd never heard anyone turn down money. There I was fighting for my life with something that you couldn't deal with. That changed my life forever.

SCOTT: How did the God factor, the Christ factor in your life, change your boxing?

GEORGE: I just don't know how I was able to be a boxer in the first place without believing God. When I found Jesus Christ, I learned to be a better athlete. I didn't have to go out there and knock them out in the first round. I've learned to be patient, skillful in the ring. At the same time, I wanted to prove to other boxers that you can take off this killer instinct stuff, you can be a great athlete, a great boxer, and love your brother.

SCOTT: You really feel that way when you're in there and you're going to pound somebody, whoever you're going to fight, you don't know who you're going to fight right now?

GEORGE: I got in a fight with one fellow, and he said, 'You're like that Bible verse, "It's better to give then receive" '(laughs) because I would give it to them and run away from their punches.

SCOTT (reporting): George has been happily married now for 20 years, and, yes, he's dead serious about stepping back into the ring.

(to George): All right. You're going to go back. Are you in training now?

GEORGE: I am. I'm actually working out. I get my workout. I hit that punching bag. This morning when I worked out, I felt better than I did probably ten years ago. I was popping that punching bag. My rhythm was there. Everything you want for a boxer was there. And who better to judge it than me?

SCOTT (reporting): Aside from the world of boxing, George is making a difference in the lives of young people. He built the Foreman Youth Center in Houston for underprivileged inner-city youth. George believes this outreach is his finest accomplishment -- even better than the grill.

GEORGE: I don't want club boxers; I want leaders. That's what we get out of this gym. The guys come in here at first and they're followers, but they leave leaders. I don't care if they ever box again. Who cares about a million dollars when they have their family back?

George Foreman and his familySCOTT (reporting): George is so good-natured that there's probably not a person alive who wouldn't like him. When he speaks, you believe him. And why shouldn't you? He's an awfully big man!

(to George): OK, you're now at this point 55 years of age, and you get wamped in the ring. What's that going to do to you?

GEORGE: I've already had that happen to me. That happened a long time ago. Listen: Z-Y-X-W-V-U-T- S-R-Q-P-O-N-M-L-K-J-I-H-G-F-E-D-C-B-A. Now, before I went into boxing, I couldn't say them forward! (laughs)

SCOTT: I walked into that one.

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