Foreman became a Christian in 1977 right after losing his bout with Jimmy Young. He became very ill that night in his dressing room and had a near-death experience in which Foreman described himself in a "hellish place of loneliness and despair." He begged God for a second chance and to change his life.
George is 6'3½" (1.92 m).
Foreman showed up for a ceremony in which his birthplace of Marshall TX named a street after him even though he hadn't been to the town since he was a toddler.
Foreman once played himself on an episode of Home Improvement.
Foreman's son, George IV, appeared on the reality show Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive in the summer of 2005.
Foreman's daughter, Freeda, had a brief career as a female professional boxer.
Promoters tried to get former heavyweight champs Foreman and Larry Holmes to face each other in the ring in 1999 but things fell through.
Foreman once appeared as himself in an episode of Sanford and Son entitled The Director.
Foreman retired from boxing for a second and final time in 1996 after losing a disputed 12 round split decision to Shannon Briggs.
Muhammad Ali called Foreman by far the strongest foe he ever faced in the ring.
In his first title defense after winning the heavyweight title from Joe Frazier, Foreman knocked out Jose Roman 50 seconds into the fight. This was the fastest knockout ever for a heavyweight title fight.
Foreman was called an Uncle Tom by many Afro-Americans when he held an American flag in his hand as he stood on the victor's stand at the 1968 Olympics.
Foreman is an ordained minister.
Parents' names were J. B. and Nancy Foreman.
Foreman fought Joe Frazier twice knocking him out both times.
In 1993, Foreman starred in a short-lived sitcom on ABC called George.
During his 1991 title match against Evander Hollyfield, Foreman remained standing in his corner between all 12 rounds.
In 1994, Foreman won the IBF and WBA heavyweight titles when he knocked out Michael Moorer in the 10th round.
In 1987, after a 10 year layoff, Foreman returned to the boxing ring when he knocked out Steve Zouski in the 4th round.
In 1977, after losing a 12 round decision to Jimmy Young, Foreman retired from boxing for the first time.
Foreman lost his heavyweight title in 1974 when he was knocked out in the 8th round by Muhammad Ali.
George Foreman's 1973 fight with Joe Frazier was the first of many boxing contests to be televised by HBO.
Foreman won the heavyweight boxing championship of the world on January 22, 1973 when he knocked out Joe Frazier in the second round.
In Foreman's first professional fight he knocked out Donald Waltheim in the third round.
Foreman won a gold medal in the heavyweight division at the 1968 Olympic games in Mexico City.
Foreman started boxing during his teens when he joined the Job Corps.
All five of his sons are named George.
He was elected to the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in January 2003.
He has a record of 76 wins, 5 losses and 68 wins by knockout.
George was raised in Houston, Texas after his parents moved there from Marshall, Texas when he was very young.
He turned professional in 1969.
Foreman: I don't even think about a retirement program because I'm working for the Lord, for the Almighty. And even thought the Lord's pay isn't very high, his retirement program is, you might say, out of this world.
George Foreman: George Foreman. A miracle. A mystery to myself. Who am I? The mirror says back. The George you was always meant to be. Wasn't always like that. Used to look in the mirror and cried a river.
George: Sure the fight was fixed. I fixed it with a right hand.
George: The Internal Revenue Service is the real undefeated heavyweight champion.
George: Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it.
Foreman: A hero is someone right who doesn't change.
Foreman: I am a winner each and every time I go into the ring.
Foreman: I think sleeping was my problem in school. If school had started at 4:00 in the afternoon, I'd be a college graduate today.
Foreman: I want to keep fighting because its the only thing that keeps me out of hamburger joints. If I don't fight, I'd eat this planet.
Foreman: Let the other guy have what he wants before the fight. Once the bell rings he's gonna be disappointed anyway.
Foreman: My kids idea of a hard life is to live in a house with only one phone.
Foreman: The question isn't at what age I want to retire. It's at what income.