Before the "Crying Jordan" meme took control of social media, there was the high-flying, slam-dunking, sports merchandise game-changing Michael Jordan who dominated the NBA. Take a look back at Michael Jordan from his playing days at North Carolina, with the Chicago Bulls, and yes, his brief minor-league baseball career.
North Carolina's Michael Jordan (23) drives around the defense of Wake Forest's Anthony Teachey, left, and Danny Young (20) on Feb. 17, 1982 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.
University of North Carolina All-America guard Michael Jordan drives downcourt against the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga on Nov. 28, 1983 in Chapel Hill.
Michael Jordan takes batting practice on Feb. 7, 1994, with the Chicago White Sox in a bid to play with their baseball team.
North Carolina guard Michael Jordan goes up as University of Arkansas guard Alvin Robertson tries to block during the game in Pine Bluff, Ark., Feb. 12, 1984.
Michael Jordan, the All-American guard from North Carolina, was named the winner of the Eastman Award as the nation's top male collegiate basketball player on March 28, 1984, in New York.
US basketball player Michael Jordan is about to shoot during a match against Spain at Los Angeles on April 04, 1984 during the Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
North Carolina guard Michael Jordan, left, and Tar Heels coach Dean Smith are shown at a news conference on May 5, 1984 in Chapel Hill, N.C., where Jordan announced he would forfeit his final year of college eligibility to turn pro.
Guard Michael Jordan (center) drives to score against the Boston Celtics' Larry Bird (left) and Kevin McHale as the USA Men's Olympic basketball team met a team of NBA All-Stars before more than 67,900 fans in the Hoosier Dome on Monday, July 9, 1984 in Indianapolis.
Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan, left, plays one-on-one with teammate Orlando Woolridge during a workout in Chicago, Oct. 18, 1984.
Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan watches his alma mater North Carolina play Georgia Tech on Jan. 31, 1985 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls moves the ball at the parameter during an Eastern Conference First Round Playoff game in April of 1985 at the Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Illinois. The Bucks won the series 3-1.
Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan takes part in the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest in Seattle on Feb. 7, 1987.
Michael Jordan dunks the ball during the Slam-Dunk championship in Chicago on Saturday, Feb. 6, 1988 as a part of the NBA All-Star weekend. Jordan edged Dominique Wilkins on the final dunk to win the contest.
Guard Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls looks on during a game in the 1989-1990 season.
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls watches the game from the bench during a game in 1990.
Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan takes batting practice with the Chicago White Sox in June of 1990.
The Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan drinks Gatorade during a news conference in Chicago, Aug. 8, 1991. Gatorade, owned by the Quaker Oats Co., announced that it has signed a long-term contract with Jordan to represent the company in advertising, promotions and public appearances.
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls dunks the ball during the game against the Washington Bullets at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, on Jan. 7, 1992.
The Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan has words with the Knicks' Patrick Ewing during the second quarter of a May 12, 1992 playoff game in Chicago.
Michael Jordan plays golf at Monte Carlo Golf Club in Monaco on July 22, 1992, a few days before Barcelona Olympics games.
Basketball stars Michael Jordan (L) and Earvin "Magic" Johnson clown for the media during a press conference for the U.S. Olympic "Dream Team" on July 25, 1992 in Barcelona.
Michael Jordan, right , a member of the U.S. Olympic basketball team and Sergej Bubka, a member of the CIS track and field team are all smiles during a news conference for Nike in Barcelona on July 25, 1992, ahead of the Summer Olympics.
In this Aug. 8, 1992, file photo, United States' Scottie Pippen, left, Michael Jordan, center, and Clyde Drexler pose with their gold medals after beating Croatia 117-85 in Olympic basketball in Barcelona, Spain.
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls dunks the ball during the game against the Miami Heat on Dec. 21, 1992.
Michael Jordan at his first day of spring training with the Chicago White Sox on Feb. 15, 1993.
Michael Jordan looks at the scoreboard during the Bulls' 129-121 loss to the Phoenix Suns in Game 3 of the NBA Finals in Chicago on June 13, 1993.
San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds, left, talks with Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan during All-Star workouts on Monday, July 12, 1993 in Baltimore. Jordan took part in the celebrity home run contest.
Chicago Bulls basketball star Michael Jordan throws out the first pitch on Oct. 5, 1993, in Chicago before game one of the American League Championship Series.
Retired Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan holds his son Marcus as they watch the Bulls play the Miami Heat in their first home game of the season Nov. 6, 1993. Jordan received his 1992 World Championship ring before the game.
Michael Jordan of the Scottsdale Scorpions during an Arizona Fall League game on Oct. 26, 1994.
Retired basketball star Michael Jordan leaves Chicago Bulls practice via the back door of the Berto Center in Deerfield,Illinois, on March 13, 1995. Jordan has practiced with the Bulls several times within the last week fueling speculation that he might return to the NBA after spending close to two years playing minor league baseball.
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls argues a foul call against him in the fourth quarter at the United Center in Chicago on March 24, 1995.
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls cuts through traffic to dunk the ball in the third quarter the Detroit Pistons at the United Center on April 20, 1995.
Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan runs down the court in the Eastern Conference semifinals 12 May at the United Center in Chicago on May 12, 1995.
Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan takes one of his first shots in front of Indiana Pacers forward Reggie Miller in the first half at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana, on March 19, 1995. It was Jordan's first game back after retiring 17 months earlier.
A portrait of Michael Jordan in January 1996.
The Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan is mobbed by reporters and photographers on April 16, 1996, after the Bulls defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, 86-80, making them the first NBA team to win 70 games in a season.
The Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan drives to the basket past the Miami Heat's Rex Chapman during first quarter action of game three of their best-of-five playoff series on May 1, 1996.
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls dunks the ball during Game Four of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals against the New York Knicks on May 12, 1996.
Chicago Bulls players Dennis Rodman (L), Scottie Pippen (C) and Michael Jordan (R) hold three of the team's recent Larry O'Brien trophies on June 18, 1996, at a rally for the team in Grant Park in Chicago.
Michael Jordan is greeted by Bugs Bunny in New York on Oct. 23, 1996. Jordan was the celebrity guest of Warner Bros. at the opening of their refurbished Fifth Avenue merchandise store.
Earvin "Magic" Johnson (L) and Michael Jordan (R), two of the NBA's 50 greatest players, pose for a group picture at the Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, the site of the NBA All-Star game, on Feb. 8, 1997.
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls hangs on the basket after a slam dunk as teammate Dennis Rodman (R) and Jamal Mashburn (C) of the Miami Heat watch during the first half of game one of the Eastern Conference finals at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois on May 20, 1997.
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls talks at an NBA Finals press conference after his morning workout at the United Center in Chicago on June 2, 1997.
Michael Jordan, of the Chicago Bulls, talks to reporters on June 3, 1997, after his morning workout at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, on June 3, 1997, one day before Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz.
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls celebrates after the Bulls won Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz on June 11, 1997, at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jordan scored 38 points leading the Bulls to a 90-88 win to take a 3-2 lead in the series.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan talk during a free-throw attempt during the fourth quarter at the United Center in Chicago on Dec. 17, 1997. Bryant, who is 19 and bypassed college basketball to play in the NBA, scored a team-high 33 points off the bench, and Jordan scored a team-high 36 points. The Bulls defeated the Lakers 104-83.
Michael Jordan answers questions during a press conference at the United Center in Chicago on June 8, 1998.
Michael Jordan holds the NBA Finals MVP trophy and former Chicago Bulls head coach Phil Jackson holds the NBA championship trophy after winning game six of the NBA Finals with the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 14, 1998.
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls enjoys a cigar in the locker room on June 14, 1998 after winning game six of the NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City. The Bulls won the game 87-86 to win their sixth NBA Championship.