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Born: West Ham (1914)

Signed: 1939

Position: Centre Forward

Appearances: 9

Goals: 2

Left: 1946 (Spurs)

Internation Caps: 0

Died: June, 1969

Alec George Foreman played for Walthamstow and England as an amateur before signing for West Ham in 1939. When war broke out in 1939 the league season was cancelled but all teams played regional friendly games. That season West Ham defeated Spurs all five times they played them. This included a 6-2 victory at White Hart Lane. West Ham also beat Chelsea in all four games, including a 10-3 result at Stamford Bridge. West Ham also beat Charlton 9-2. During the war Foreman scored 154 goals in 156 games. Foreman was a member of the West Ham team that played Blackburn Rovers in the 1940 FA League Cup Final. Sam Small scored the only goal after Foreman's fierce shot was blocked by the Blackburn goalkeeper. After the war Foreman was transferred to Spurs where he scored 15 goals in 37 matches.


What George Foreman's Kids Look Like Today

George Foreman has had an unforgettable career to date, and thanks to his 2008 TV show, Family Foreman, his family has enjoyed some time in the spotlight too. Foreman has been married five times throughout his life, and has been with his current wife, Joan Martelly, since 1985, per CBS News. His expansive family includes five sons and five daughters. Foreman also adopted two daughters, meaning that he has had a grand total of twelve offspring, which is more than a little impressive. On the fact that all five of his sons are named after him, the boxing champion explained on his website, "I named all my sons George Edward Foreman so they would always have something in common. I say to them, 'If one of us goes up, then we all go up together, and if one goes down, we all go down together!'" That . makes sense, right?

Having been the heavyweight boxing champion on two separate occasions, an Olympic gold medalist, and the owner of a wildly successful line of grills, the original George Foreman is a household name. The former sporting star continues to build an incredible legacy, and his children are a huge part of that. Over a decade on from when Family Foreman was on the air, here's what George Foreman's children look like now.


George Foreman - History

George Foreman has had a remarkable career in boxing. He reached the pinnacle of success when he became a world champion when he was in his twenties. He then made a comeback while in his forties which made the nearly forgotten world champion one of the most famous and admired fighters in boxing history.

Foreman’s life is one that had a number of ups and downs. Looking at his path to fame, glory, a fall from grace, and redemption truly is a tale to marvel at.

Early Years

On a television interview after he retired from the ring, George Foreman told a story in which he mugged a young man and was shocked that the police arrested him for the crime. Foreman expressed shock that he was arrested for simply taking someone else’s money. The early life of George Foreman reflects a picture of the man that is much different than the jovial image he presents today.

Foreman was born on January 10, 1949, in Marshall, TX. He grew up in the Fifth Ward in Texas and later moved to Houston. He dropped out of school at the age of 15 and began getting into trouble. He moved to Pleasanton, California, thanks to an affiliation with the jobs corps, which helped him turn his life around. It was also in California where Foreman discovered boxing as a career.

Foreman’s Early Career

As an amateur, Foreman amassed a record of 22–4. Two of his losses were to the same fighter, Clay Hodges. He also won the Gold Medal in boxing at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games. In 1969, Foreman went pro and scored a three round knockout in his debut bout over a fighter named Donald Walheim.

The next 12 fights Foreman had all ended up in wins with 11 of them being knockouts. The wins were very impressive and Foreman was being groomed to take the heavyweight title. Once his record reached 32–0, Foreman was clearly the number one contender for the world heavyweight title.

Becoming a Champion

On January 22, 1973, in the Sunshine Showdown event in Jamaica, Foreman won a technical knockout over Joe Frazier to win the World Heavyweight title. Frazier had been previously undefeated and this win, while not an upset, was still shocking one since Foreman knocked Frazier down six times in two rounds. Foreman went to defeat Ken Norton in a very highly publicized title defense.

Rumble in the Jungle

In 1974, Foreman lost his title to Muhammad Ali in the classic Rumble in the Jungle bout in Zaire (now the Congo) as Foreman suffered a cut in training that hampered his ability to prepare for the event. Ali won, took the title, and the bout is among the most famous in boxing history.

Foreman did not fight in 1975, but returned a year later to start his comeback. After a number of high profile fights, he retired in 1977. Foreman nearly died from heatstroke and became a born again Christian after the experience. He appeared on television programs such as the 700 Club and expressed his love for his new life.

Foreman also ran a youth group boxing club and, as the story goes, he needed funds to keep it open so he opted to fight again. This set the stage for what many call the greatest comeback in sport’s history.

Foreman’s Comeback Era

In 1987, George Foreman made a shocking announcement. He was coming back to the fight game at the age of 38. His comeback was an initial success as he scored two wins. Advertisers immediately hired him for TV commercials and a new George Foreman was born.

The younger incarnation was a surly, angry man. The new Foreman was a lovable father figure everyone rooted for. His affable nature help turn the gimmicky cooking product, The George Foreman Grill, into a smash hit and bestselling kitchen appliance.

The comeback saw Foreman have his second most famous match after the bout with Ali. In 1991, he fought Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield and lost the match after 12 rounds on a decision.

Foreman was not done though. On November 5, 1994, he regained the world title when he beat Michael Moorer in a shocking upset.

Now, retired, Foreman still appears as a boxing analyst on television and continues to spread the ministry.


Foreman Becomes Preacher

After not fighting in 1975, Foreman returned to boxing and won five consecutive fights, all by knockout. Then in Puerto Rico on March 17, 1977, Foreman lost in a decision to Jimmy Young. It was in his dressing room after the fight that Foreman had a religious experience that changed his life forever. Foreman gave up boxing and became a born-again Christian.

He was ordained a minister in 1978 and began preaching in his hometown of Houston, Texas. In 1984, he founded the George Foreman Youth and Community Center, a non-denominational place for kids who need direction like he once did.

In 1980, Foreman founded The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

However, by the mid-1980s, Foreman was running out of money and people around him were advising him to close the Youth and Community Center. Foreman saw how much the Center was helping people so he was determined to do what was necessary to keep it open. So, in 1987, after not fighting for almost 10 years to the day, Foreman returned to the ring.

While there was no shortage of detractors, Foreman proved them all wrong when he kept piling up win after win. In fact, Foreman had won 24 consecutive fights during his comeback including 22 by knockout. Now at age 42, Foreman's success and popularity earned him a chance at the title against unbeaten Evander Holyfield. The fight went the full 12 rounds and while Holyfield won in a decision, Foreman gained a great deal of credibility.


George Foreman reveals the incredible true story behind the advent of his iconic grill

I’m sure that you, like most average people, are constantly wondering how genius manifests itself.

What is that spark that inspires a person’s indefatigable drive to truly go out and change the world? What took Steve Jobs to the top of tech world or brought Jeff Bezos to change commerce forever? Where do their ideas come from? How did they make it happen?

George Foreman has the answer you’ve been looking for. The man who revolutionized the concept of low-fat, two-sided, indoor, machine-based, lean, mean grilling with his patented George Foreman Lean, Mean Grilling Machine opened up yesterday about what inspired him to invent the George Foreman Lean, Mean Grilling Machine.

It came after someone called him out for getting knocked out by Muhammad Ali long ago.

Before @GeorgeForeman was selling Foreman grills he got knocked out by the one and only Louisville Lip @MuhammadAli

&mdash Quiztory (@Quiztory) October 31, 2017

While I was KOd, I saw a giant piece of meat screaming Grill me when I woke I said “gotta find a Grill”. Thus the George Foreman grill https://t.co/dfm5TuMO0i

&mdash George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) November 1, 2017

Well… dang. All it takes to change the world is getting socked in the face by the greatest boxer of all time and having hallucinations about meat. Twitter was sure inspired.

This is literally one of the most inspirational things I've ever read

&mdash Reading is what…. (@cmcgreevy5) November 1, 2017

If you asked me “how do you think George Foreman decided to start making grills?” I’d probably have said he saw a piece of meat taunt him.

&mdash Mathew (@monkbot10) November 2, 2017

Now that you have the answer, go out there and create the world you want!

David Covucci

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Foreman's Grill Deal: Best In Sports Marketing History?

If not for Nike's signing of Michael Jordan in 1984, George Foreman's deal with Salton to put his name on what would become its Lean, Mean, Fat-Reducing Grilling Machines would undoubtedly be considered the best endorsement deal in sports marketing history.

If it doesn't beat out the Jordan deal, it's a close second.

In the mid-90's, Salton's electric grill wasn't expected to be big. And it might not have ever made it had it not been for an attorney named Sam Perlmutter who showed it Foreman.

"He said, 'Uh, George, you're making all these other companies wealthy," Foreman said. "Why don't you get your own product?"

But Foreman's initial reaction, even without trying the grill, wasn't positive.

"I looked at it and said, 'I'm not interested in toys," Foreman said.

Six months later, Foreman had not tried the grill. His wife Mary finally did.

"I told him I tried that grill," she said. "I really love that grill and it was easy for me because having a bunch of kids you just put the stuff on there — and especially children love grilled cheese sandwiches."

Foreman wasn't sold yet. Until his wife made him a burger on it.

"The grease, everything went away and the meat was delicious," Foreman said. "So I called my partners back and said, 'I'm going to do that deal.'"

The deal wasn't that compelling from a monetary standpoint. It provided that there would be no up front guarantees but, after expenses, Foreman would get 45 percent of profits, while Perlmutter and another partner would get 15 percent.

Foreman's endorsement led to millions and millions of grills sold.

At the age of 48, Foreman fought Shannon Briggs in 1997. Many believed Foreman had won the fight, but he returned to the locker room a loser. That was until his attorney came to him with a blown up copy of his royalty check from the grill. It was for $1 million.

"That was one of the happiest days of my business life," Foreman said. "I lost my last professional boxing match, I'd received a check for $1 million for the grill."

After seeing the check, Foreman realized that he had to devote his time to business over boxing. It was his final fight.

"It was sort of getting in the way of my business life then," Foreman said.

It was just the beginning. By 1998, Salton had sold $200 million worth of grills.

The grills were selling so well that a year later, Salton felt they would make money if they just bought out Foreman.

The price? $137.5 million in cash and stock for use of his name in perpetuity. Add that to what he made before, and what he made after — Salton subsequently paid him at least $11 million more to make TV appearances — and Foreman might have pulled in close to $200 million from a deal he wasn't that interested in to begin with. In the end, over 100 million grills were sold.

Since then, most of Foreman's other products haven't made a mark, including a shake line, a shoe line and a line of frozen meats. George Foreman Enterprises, which licenses Foreman's name to companies, trades on the pink sheets and has been fairly inactive in recent years.


IN CASE YOU missed it, this is what the world’s most successful infomercial looks like: George Foreman—buff, bald, and swaggering—sports a maroon boxing robe as he strides into the made-for-TV kitchen of his exceptionally cheerful cohost, a woman named Nancy Nelson. It is 1996, and her mind is about to be blown.

You did not come here today to box, right?” Nelson asks Foreman.

“Not at all,” he says, before tossing off the robe to reveal that he’s wearing a red apron beneath it. “As a matter of fact—da-da-dada!” (Yes, Big George made his own transformational sound effect. And it worked.)

Over the next 30 minutes, the semiofficial-sounding “George Foreman Grilling Show” introduces the concept of a cheap electric grill with slanted vertical ridges and a press-down lid: George Foreman’s Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine. Plug it in and it gets hot quickly. Toss on some meat, lower the lid, place the tiny grease tray in front, and—voilà! In minutes, your food emerges grease-free and evenly cooked (often well-done, to be exact).

Foreman hams it up, making clear that his target isn’t Joe Frazier or Ken Norton but burger fat and chicken grease. At one point, he points to his own embossed signature on the top of the device. “Hey, we gonna eat what we want, but we gonna knock the fat out,” he says. Burgers sizzle the audience oohs and ahhs. This is campy, melodramatic ’90s-era selling at its best.

When the infomercial first hit the air, Foreman was in his mid-40s, fresh off one of the greatest career comebacks in boxing history. He’d won Olympic gold as an amateur in 1968 and gone pro, knocking out Frazier in 1973 to become the heavyweight champion. He was KO’d by Muhammad Ali a year later, and at 28, he retired to become a minister at his own church in Houston. Ten years later, Foreman returned, going on to knock out Michael Moorer, a man nearly 20 years his junior, to reclaim his heavyweight title.

Foreman arrived on our TV sets as a guy who could still go toe-to-toe with anyone, bringing along the promise that there was an easier way to cook healthy and perhaps stay that way. And that one-two punch would spark a cultural shift in how men—or at least this man, and every guy I went to college with—cook and eat.

THE THING IS, George Foreman obviously didn’t invent it. In early 1993, Michael Boehm and Robert Johnson, a designer-engineering duo from Illinois, filed a patent application for an electric cooking device with the lower cooking plate sloped at a 20 degree angle. They called it the Short-Order Grill. In his book The Art of Sales, Marketing & the Spokesperson, Leon Dreimann, then CEO of a kitchen-equipment company called Salton that would purchase the design from Boehm and Johnson, writes that this contraption was originally positioned as a taco/fajita maker. The angled surface meant grilled meats could be scraped directly into a tortilla. He attached the “lean, mean, fat-reducing grilling machine” slogan to play off the “Mean Machine,” Burt Reynolds’s team of rowdy prison footballers in the hit 1974 movie The Longest Yard.

Salton’s other appliances included gizmos like the Juiceman Juice Extractor and the Ron Popeil Pasta Maker. These had complex infomercials in which a pitchman or the actual inventor—generally older, wonky white guys—tried to explain the health, taste, and mechanical advantages of their marvels. Honestly, it worked pretty well (shopping by phone itself was novel), but Dreimann eventually recognized that his grill might catch serious fire if pitched by an already well-known showman. A friend had somehow gotten one to Foreman.

The boxer reportedly wasn’t interested but after playing around with his own recipes finally agreed to some unique terms for a celebrity spokesman: He wanted a back-end cut on sales. Salton would cover the up-front costs and Foreman would take 45 percent of all profits, period. Dreimann agreed, and the grill debuted at the Gourmet Products Show, a cooking trade exhibition in Las Vegas, in 1995, along with an infomercial that opened with 12 seconds of boxing footage featuring Foreman in the ring.

And then: nothing. Sales of the grill were initially sluggish, and 18 months after it came on the market, Dreimann says, a friend’s wife suggested he rethink the infomercial. He replaced the opener with a dad vibe: Foreman making burgers with his children in their home. “On a Tuesday, I flew a film crew to George’s house. It was on air by the following weekend,” Dreimann says. “On Monday, all hell broke loose.”

IBOUGHT MINE, because everyone else had one. As a college freshman in the ’90s, I remember viewing cooking as a one-way transaction: Whatever my parents cooked, I ate. Whatever the school cafeteria near my dorm served, I’d mindlessly scarf down. So goes the calorie-churning metabolism of an 18-year-old. I was always hungry.

There’s a magical quality to the best kitchen appliances. Like a Mr. Coffee or an Instant Pot, the George Foreman grill reduced seemingly complicated cooking procedures to the literal push of a button. (Early versions didn’t even have a button, just a red light to indicate when the cooking surface was hot.)

For all those reasons, Salton at first expected the grill would appeal to seniors who maybe wanted to stay fit yet cut back on their culinary ambitions. But the registration and warranty cards that came back told a different story: The company had a hit with college kids. A big one, and by 1999, Salton was selling $160 million worth of George Foreman grills every year, over the phone and in stores, with the white, spaceship-looking device sitting atop thousands of dorm-room mini fridges across the country.

As many as 150 million units have been sold to date, even with Foreman retiring from the ring in 1997 and later parting ways with Salton. (He declined to be interviewed for this story.) The company went on to sell nearly 90 versions of the grill under the George Foreman imprimatur, and the quintessentially American ideal of cheap convenience went global: Jackie Chan starred in a commercial alongside Foreman to help pitch it in Asian markets. In France, a model came equipped with a function to make steaks “bleu” with a quick burst of heat that browned the outside but kept the interior rare. By conservative estimate, Foreman was probably raking in tens of millions annually. Salton eventually offered him $137.5 million to use his name in perpetuity.

“If not for Nike’s signing of Michael Jordan in 1984, George Foreman’s deal with Salton . . . would undoubtedly be considered the best endorsement deal in sports marketing history,” wrote sports business journalist Darren Rovell in a CNBC analysis in 2010. The formerly impoverished kid who admittedly bullied and mugged people before harnessing that rage ultimately made more from grill sales than he had in the ring. He joined an emerging pantheon of black athletes crossing over to promote everyday products, including O. J. Simpson for Chevrolet and Hertz and Joe Greene for Coca-Cola.

My Foreman grill lived up to the basic hype: It cooked stuff. It also busted once-
villainized fat: In-house tests conducted by Spectrum Brands (which now sells the grill) show that your average patty emerges with a nutritional content similar to that of a burger cooked to medium well that’s been panbroiled and carefully blotted. On basic burger grind, around 40 percent of the fat melts out, minus the hassle.

For me, the true appeal of the Foreman grill was that it was versatile and sort of idiotproof. The same process worked for burgers and pork chops. My first recipes were remedial. I seasoned chicken with salt and then cooked it for 15 minutes to serve with Heinz 57 sauce. Still, it was an important nudge forward in my cooking evolution. For a young guy, the idea of experimenting on an electric, let alone gas, stove was overwhelming, even if I was doing things outside the kitchen seemingly far more reckless.

In recent years, Spectrum has enlisted Food Network personality Jeff Mauro as the grill’s hypeman. He’s over 40, hosts a couple cooking shows, and is a former victor on Food Network Star, a cook-off competition series. Like all the guys I knew in college, Mauro made the grill a staple of his survival. He felt “unencumbered” because he didn’t need a kitchen. “I could cook a burger patty and moments later make a panini,” he says. (In a 2006 episode of The Office, Michael Scott used his to make bedside bacon. He ended up burning his foot.)

In a recent YouTube ad, Mauro doesn’t even waste time showing how it works he just stands in front of one, riffing on all the kinds of meat he likes (and, okay, some vegetables, too). The protein-centric sales pitch plays to what Americans are hankering for right now while betting that they’re actually willing to go make it. Compared with 1995, it’s estimated that the average American today consumes nearly 20 pounds more meat per year, although poultry is now more popular than beef.

Is it a coincidence that this change occurred at the same time that the George Foreman grill was invading kitchens everywhere? It might be. Or it might not. Either way, a 2018 study in Nutrition Journal showed that over the last decade and a half or so, there’s been a substantial increase in the proportion of men who are cooking, and we’re spending even more time in the kitchen.


George Foreman: All About His 10 Kids - and Why He Named All of His Sons 'George'

George Foreman has many titles — Olympic gold medalist, two-time heavyweight boxing champion, and grill entrepreneur, among them.

But the title he holds closest to his heart is father.

The athlete, 70, has been married a total of five times, to Adrienne Calhoun (from 1971 to 1974) Cynthia Lewis (from 1977 to 1979) Sharon Goodson (from 1981 to 1982) Andrea Skeete (from 1982 to 1985) and to Mary Joan Martelly, his wife since 1985.

Through his relationships he has five sons and five daughters.

All five of his sons share the same name, George Edward Foreman — something the boxer said he did to unite the men together.

“I named all my sons George Edward Foreman so they would always have something in common,” Foreman wrote on his website. “I say to them, ‘If one of us goes up, then we all go up together. And if one goes down, we all go down together!’ ”

Of course, calling everyone “George” can be a little confusing, so Foreman’s sons have all earned nicknames for themselves. There’s George Jr., George III (“Monk”), George IV (𠇋ig Wheel”), George V (“Red”), and George VI (“Little Joey”).

Most have stayed away from the spotlight, though George III followed in his father’s footsteps with a professional boxing career. Competing between 2009 and 2012, George III earned a 16-0 record with 15 knockout victories (and one win being ending in a unanimous decision).

After leaving the competitive sport behind, George III, 33, pivoted to being a trainer — co-founding the EverybodyFights boxing and fitness luxury gym in January 2014. As of March 2019, the business has six locations in five U.S. cities, including New York City, Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia.

Meanwhile, in addition to his boys, Foreman has five daughters: Natalia, Leola, Michi, Georgetta, and Freeda — who died on Friday via an apparent suicide at the age of 42.

Like their brothers, most have stayed out of the public eye, save for Natalia and Georgetta. Natalia attempted a career as a singer, while Georgetta has worked as a television producer (putting out shows like 1999’s Divorce Court and 2001’s Beyond the Glory).

“He has 10 kids, but growing up he made sure that we all had our special time,” Georgetta told CBN of her dad. “There was even a time when we all had our own days. There was a Georgetta day, or George the second day, or whatever. And he took that time out to make sure that that day you had whatever you wanted to eat, whatever you wanted to do and he took out time to get to know who we were and who we are now.”

Before her death, Freeda also tried her hand at boxing professionally, taking on the sport in 2000 before retiring the next year with a record of 5-1. She was also mother to two kids with her husband and grandmother to three grandchildren.

That same year, Foreman published a book about fatherhood, fittingly titled, Fatherhood by George: Hard-Won Advice on Being a Dad. In it, he doled out parenting advice, often relating his wisdom back to scripture from his Christian faith.

Foreman told CBN that he wanted to write the book to make sure his kids didn’t make “the same mistakes” he made early on with fatherhood.

“In raising children life brings forth those things where you do what you should never have done and what I taught you never to do. And when my kids have done those things, I just kind of look at them and say, ‘Now you know life,’ ” Freeman said, with a laugh.

“You’ve got to look for all the things, the qualities in one kid. The worst thing in the world is to think, ‘I’ve got another daughter, I have another son.’ Each are different people,” Foreman said. “You can’t use the same remedies. You can’t use the same harshness or the same slackness. You’ve got to understand that each child is different and you’ve got to treat them differently.”

Ultimately, he said being a dad is something he treasures. “One thing I’m most proud of, in my heart, are my children,” he told CBN. “They’ve gone on, some of them, to stand the test, to get college education, and that’s the hardest thing in the world to achieve but most of all they’re good parents, and that’s what I’m proud of.”


Prototyping

First, I wanted to know: How did he approach prototyping?

&ldquoWhat I usually do is start out with the simplest components I can find. I focus on proof of concept, if you will,&rdquo Boehm explained. &ldquoIn the case of the grill, I heated a cast-iron baking sheet, set it at an angle, and started cooking on it. Would the grease drain? Would the food cook? It did! I was very happily surprised that first time. As crude as it was, it worked. It proved the concept.&rdquo

So, he kept refining. At the time, he was general manager of Tsann Kuen USA, a Chinese home electronics manufacturer. Tsann Kuen became the first manufacturer of what was then named the Short Order Grill. When Boehm began pitching it to potential buyers, he keyed in on two major benefits: That the product resulted in great tasting food without grease or fat.

At first, he relied on his contacts in the housewares industry. Eventually he had the inspired idea to send a sample to a marketing expert he knew who worked with George Foreman. At the time, Foreman was endorsing mufflers. Boehm wanted to know: Was Foreman interested in endorsing another product? He mailed his sell sheet and tooled prototype after getting the go ahead the next day.

&ldquoThey initially seemed indifferent, even skeptical. That was true of just about everyone I showed it to,&rdquo Boehm said. It wasn&rsquot until Foreman&rsquos wife got involved that they really took it seriously. In fact all of the 13 brands he went to looked at it and said, &lsquoYou can&rsquot cook on an angle,&rsquo he told me. &ldquoIt&rsquos like anything new, something people haven&rsquot seen before. If it&rsquos so great, people say, it would have already been invented. Well&hellip that&rsquos not necessarily the case.&rdquo He knew the grill needed a spokesperson and to be sold on television. &ldquoI will tell you, it took a long time to get that thing placed!&rdquo

In addition to filing a patent, Boehm thought about how to protect his ownership of the idea strategically. &ldquoRather than try to protect myself, I thought, I&rsquom going to try to knock myself off.&rdquo I cannot recommend this strategy enough. Thinking about how to outwit your competition is crucial.

Boehm always analyzes his ideas from a line standpoint. He had three or four models of the grill in mind. So he started developing the very smallest one first, which minimized his investment and maximized container loads, ultimately resulting in a stronger cost structure. If the product was successful, he reasoned, he could introduce a larger size in a few months. If not, he would cut his losses. There would be questions at the beginning, he anticipated. He was ready to take consumers&rsquo requests for additional features into consideration. Smart.

These days, he said he doesn&rsquot think patents are as important as he once did. &ldquoI&rsquom more interested in identifying a need out there that consumers have and creating products that meet that need, that make life easier,&rdquo he explained. &ldquoIt depends on the product, but really, you&rsquore always going to be knocked off, especially if you deal in the east. People come to me saying, &lsquoI&rsquove got this great idea. It&rsquos patented.&rsquo I don&rsquot really care. Is there a need for it, I want to know.&rdquo If he were filing intellectual property now, he would focus on making use of provisional patents applications. &ldquoThey allow you to be protected for a year at a far less expensive rate than going for a full patent right away.&rdquo

The grill is far from Boehm&rsquos only idea. How does he know when he&rsquos got a winner on his hands? He asks basic questions, he said. &ldquoIs it the right size? Is the right material? Does it have the right structure? What about promoting it? Are there line extension possibilities? You have to satisfy yourself first before going after others.&rdquo And even then, people might not hear you at first. Be able to make mid-course corrections. Test early. Test quickly.


George Foreman Names The 10 Greatest Heavyweights Of All Time, Muhammad Ali Only Ranks Fifth

Louis is widely considered as one of the best boxers of all time and was named in Deontay Wilder's Mount Rushmore of heavyweight legends.

And Foreman, who is also considered as one of the best boxers of all time, placed the 'Brown Bomber' ahead of the legendary Rocky Marciano.

The legendary John L Sullivan and Jack Johnson finished third and fourth respectively in Foreman's rankings.

Boxing icon Muhammad Ali, who is considered by many as the best boxer of all time, surprisingly finished fifth in Foreman's list.

Foreman clashed with Ali in their historic Rumble in the Jungle fight in 1974, with the 'Greatest' pulling off a sensational upset against 'Big George.'

The 71-year-old boxing legend has since praised Ali for his performance and holds him in high regards, despite ranking him fifth in his top 10 heavyweights of all time.

Floyd Patterson, Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson finished sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.

Evander Holyfield, who Lewis and Tyson named as their toughest opponent, ranked ninth and Jack Dempsey rounded off the top 10.

Foreman later tweeted out that "there is no room for argument" on the top two spots featuring Louis and Marciano.

However, the former two-time world heavyweight champ claimed there could be wiggle room for other boxers in the rankings.

Foreman posted to his 190K followers on Twitter: "The first 2, there is no room for argument! But the others can be moved around anyway you feel. Lewis could be anywhere Ali, Holyfield are solid. Holmes had the best Jab [sic], Liston and Frazier were my favorites."


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