From Michael Jordan’s obsession with rocking North Carolina shorts under his Chicago Bulls shorts during games to Serena Williams’ need to bounce the tennis ball five times before her first serve, athletes have long been believers that superstitions give them the added edge they need to get in the zone before games.
Every week we’ll take a look at some of the wackiest superstitions athletes and coaches from around the country implement. This week we caught up with Cardinal Mooney (Youngstown, Ohio) safety Marcus McWilson, a Nebraska commit.
The Superstition: Bieber Mania
The Breakdown: “OK, I’ll just admit it; I have to listen to Justin Bieber before I hit the field before a game. That’s right, I said it. I listen to his song ‘Baby’ and I love it. I know I’ll get a lot of flack over this, but that’s just my thing. I’ve gotta do it. I just don’t feel right if I don’t hear it before the game.”
The Why: “I just love the song. I know most of my teammates like the hard rock and rap songs, but I just like to mellow out before I play. It’s more relaxing and that makes me more loose. I play better when I hear Bieber. That’s just how it is.”
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