It’s hard to believe, but once upon a time, Michael Jordan wasn’t collecting NBA money, but rather a paycheck from a restaurant known as Whitey’s. Located in Wilmington, N.C., Whitey’s was the first employer of Jordan. What we have here is his very first paycheck for $119.75 the company issued to him in 1980.
Jordan started playing college basketball for the University of North Caroilna in 1981. This paycheck is dated 7/20/80, which would mean he received it during the beginning of his senior year in high school.
It’s hard to imagine a young Jordan serving meals at a local restaurant, but it’s just proof that everyone has to start somewhere.