Episodes 5 and 6 of ESPN’s documentary series “The Last Dance” aired Sunday and with it brought some amazing footage of Michael Jordan playing a quarter toss game with a security guard.
The footage showed just how competitive Jordan got, even in something as silly as tossing quarters at a wall. It also showed how he was willing to gamble on literally anything involving competition and himself. The game was simple in nature: try to toss the quarter as close to the wall without hitting the wall.
After Jordan lost, the security guard hit the NBA star with his famous shrug pose.
His name wasn’t mentioned in the documentary, but that security guard is John Michael Wozniak.
Wozniak was a Chicago police officer who joined the Chicago Police Department in 1970. He and a few others worked part-time at Chicago Stadium where they would work as security officers.
“That’s how I got the opportunity to work with Michael and his entire family,” Wozniak told Complex in 2016. “Two other police officers had befriended Michael, and he wanted them to provide security for him when he’d have anything to do outside of being a Chicago Bulls superstar. These gentleman approached me. I had worked with them in organized crime department in the narcotics division, and they introduced me to Michael, and Michael said yes.
Wozniak passed away in January 2020 at the age of 69. During his life he spent a lot of time with Jordan, and the NBA superstar treated him well.
“I traveled with Michael to every major city in the U.S., but I also went along with his family on vacations, to events, even all the way to Paris. All over the world,” Wozniak told Complex. “A tremendous bond was formed, and we took it seriously. I have a special relationship with Michael that I share to this day.”
In the tribute video for Wozniak, many pictures can be seen with him and Jordan at various points in his career. Jordan Brand even created custom security jackets for Wozniak and his crew. He also told the time of when he and the rest of the security crew got Jumpan tattoos because Jordan said so.