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The legend of Len Bias

Scoop Jackson reflects on basketball's ultimate martyr, Len Bias, and the moment when he became immortal.

Updated: June 20, 2006, 1:48 PM ET
By Scoop Jackson | Page 2

When does a person become a martyr?

Is it before he dies, or is it the moment his life leaves him?

Or, is it somewhere in between? Are there some who are born to be martyrs, predestined, by a plan of God? Chosen ones. Except we just don't know it … until they're gone.

It's akin to sainthood, this martyrdom. Membership has no privileges. Instead, it has anointment.

In the game of basketball there aren't many of these martyrs. There are Maurice Stokes, Ben ...

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