Biography

Father. Aspiring fisherman. Basketball star.

biography_rbk_iam.jpgA great example of someone who has grown, matured, and learned from his mistakes, Iverson has had to overcome struggles and obstacles that most can only imagine. Raised by his hard-working mother (his father was in prison), Iverson lived in poverty his entire childhood. In his senior year of high school he went from being wooed by numerous colleges for both basketball and football, to serving time in jail and having those prospects disappear. But he persevered and went to Georgetown where he played basketball while majoring in Art. Since then he has become a basketball legend and role model – pretty amazing results for someone who to this day says football is his #1 sport.

Yet with all the fame and glory, Iverson remains incredibly grounded, insisting that basketball isn’t who he is but simply what he does. Baller, artist, rebel, devoted family man – has been able to thrive as an outspoken start without ever having to compromise who he is.

“A lot of people don’t know I’m just like them…just human. You know, I play with a lot of attitude but they don’t understand when I leave that arena I’m somebody’s husband, I’m somebody’s dad.”

General Facts

Full Name: Allen Ezail Iverson
Nick Name: The Answer, Bubbachuck
Jersey Number: 3
Team: Philadelphia 76ers
Position: Point / Shooting Guard
Date of Birth: June 7, 1975
Place of Birth: Hampton, VA
Height: 6’0″ / 1.83 m
Vertical Leap: 44″ / 1.1 m
Weight: 165 lbs / 75.8 kg
College: Georgetown (Hoyas)
High School: Bethel High (Bruins)
Aquired: 1st overall,1996 draft (Philadelphia)
Salary / Contracts: Philadelphia 76ers – 71 million over 6 years(2000)

Reebok – 40 million for 5 years(1996)

Personal Info

Parents: Father: Allen Broughton

Mother: Ann Iverson

Siblings: Two sisters, Brandy and Iiesha
Girlfriend / Fiancée / Spouce Tawanna Turner (highschool sweetheart since 16 years old, married on August 2001)
Children: Daugther: Tiaura (born in 1994, while A.I. was at college)

Son: Allen II or “Deuce” (born in 1997)

Favorite Actor: Samuel L. Jackson

Al Pacino

Favorite Actress: Halle Berry
Favorite Song: “Unbelievable” by Notorious B.I.G.
Favorite Book: “The Color Purple”
Favorite Food: Lasagna
Hobbies/Interests: Enjoys drawing during his free time

Enjoys reading Sports Illustrated

Charities / Organizations Since 1998, has hosted annual Allen Iverson Celebrity Classic:

to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Hampton Roads, VA

Also founded the Cross Over Foundation

Interesting Facts

  • Iverson was sent to jail in 1993
  • He was later granted clemency.
  • A professional hairdresser drives from New Jersey twice a week to do Iverson’s hair.
  • Iverson only wore Jordan sneakers as a kid. Whenever they came out, his mom would do anything to get him a pair.
  • When he was in jail, friends and family created t-shirts saying “Free Allen” or “Free Bubbachuck”.
  • During games, Iverson’s mom can always be seen behind the basket with a big poster saying “That’s my boy #3!”
  • When Allen was young, he drew a life-size mural of Michael Jordan on the door. Allen Iverson is a GREAT artist.
  • While at college, Allen and Tawanna had their first child, a girl named Tiaura.
  • Philadelphia was the only NBA city Allen visited..he loved the city
  • The draft summer of ’96 Allen played in Japan with other college standouts and won silver medal.
  • Iverson gave his Rookie of the year award to his mom, saying that he wouldn’t have been anywhere without her.
  • Allen is good friends with Mase, Da Brat and Jermaine Dupree.
  • He drives a Mercedes,a Bently Azure,and a Range Rover.
  • He has jewelry worth $300000 and a watch worth $80000.
  • Sometimes, Allen’s house gets so noisy that he checks into the closest Holiday Inn.
  • Iverson is afraid of his mother dying, and has said that he wants to go before her.
  • He wants to have the word “Misunderstood” on his grave.
  • His jersey is among the top 5 selling jerseys in the country.
  • Allen’s daughter, Tiaura sticks to her father like glue. She watches daddy’s every move and gets grumpy if Allen even hints that he’s going somewhere.
  • Tiaura is a lot like Allen, talkative and friendly.
  • Has a daughter, Tiaura, and two sons, Allen II and Isaiah Rahsaan

44 Comments for this entry

  • tessa johnson

    i love iverson ha has been my favorite basketball player ever since the first time i seen him play

    keep up the good work Iverson

  • Yago

    i think the best possible players togheter in NBA is Allen Iverson+Vince Carter
    A.I= THE Perfect Ankle Breaker and the best Dribbler ever
    Air Canada= THE perfect Rim Breaker and the nest Dunker ever
    Allen Iverson + Vince Carter= OMG!

    • AI

      I love AI very much ! I am a Chinese! This is the first time I come here , I don’t know how to describe my feelings. The feeling is I nearly to you ,AI.

  • Gizem

    I am from sweden and i love Allen , he is my idol. I don’t know how to meet him , i want to go to his games but i can’t it is so far away :( , i love you allen :’( …
    Please someone, help!!!!!! :(

  • Annikan Okutinyang

    YO Iverson you the best. Your story is inspiring and yo are a good example for Canada and America’s black youth. We should hang out sometime in the Big D

  • Chris Allen

    Yo Iverson you are the best. Also I think if you post up a few of your drawing that would be cool. And also I am going to come to one of your games when you come to New York on April 8th.

  • rashadprincewilliams11

    i know every thing about allen iverson and im glad to know that much …….oh ai im older than your son my a year i hope we can play ball in the future i’d “bubbachuck”

  • kristina

    your a doofball
    who hit someone with a chair

  • cole

    Your the best basketball player Ive ever seen and your the best i hope to see you at the game in Newyork.

  • TOMMY HODSON

    AMAZING PLAYER WHEN I PLAY BBALL I TRY TO PLAY LIKE ALLEN BUT I KNOW I AM NOTHING LIKE HIM BUT I HOPE WHEN I GET OLDER AND BETTER I HOPE I COULD BE HALF AS GOOD AS ALLEN

  • jaydogg843

    I’ve always seen beyond the thug appeal and see something much softer. Allen will defend himself yet I can tell he is indeed a great person. Still today he is my favorite player and most likely always will be.

  • Alan

    Since I’m young I wasn’t even alive when Iverson was in college and drafted by the 76ers, but ever since he’s been my favorite player throughout any sport. Iverson wants a championship and I can tell, he’s softer than people think and that’s my favorite player.

  • allenfan

    I hope Allen will go to a team in which he feels good. For him the most important thing is not to win a ring, but to know his teammates love playin with him. It would be beautiful to see him with coach Brown again. I feel sad about last season, the Pistons were a mistake. Thats not A.I.s team . Last was his worst season, but to come off the bench…thats a disgrace. Allen deserves better…

  • MRS. CARLOTTA RILEY

    God bless your Mother to live a long long long time to when the time comes your soul and hers will be satisfied to let her go to be with God. You need to live a long long long time for your children.
    God bless your family in Our Lord’s Name Christ Jesus.
    Mrs. Riley&Sons

  • PHILIP DIOUF(senegal)

    i’m very sad knowing that a legend like AI is living a situation like this…but i just ask to all the people that talks wrong about him…have they ever seen before a 6 feet that have dominate the whole nba for more than 13 years??…..i’m sure that he is able to dominate yet..i just think that we will all have a lot of respect for what he does all these years trying to get the ring that all of famers like him desearves…thanks AI for being an example for me…..

  • william deche

    Yo iverson maen am from kenya jus cant believe your that old n still got game,in the whole of nba i have seen non that can pull ill ankle breakers like you your the illest

  • jonathan

    A.I is the best I got all the kicks all the jesery,bruins,hoyas,76ers,denver,piston,he’s,my idol,is one,of the best ever to put a foot on the court, don’t know why he’s cut he’s hair but,w.e,a.i(the answer)

  • zhang jieyu

    Iverson, if retired, and I do not think I will look at the NBA. Because he is gone, NBA, I never expected, never, ever far from love Iverson

  • zhang jieyu

    I am a Chinese, my English is very poor, so I use a word dictionary translation. I really love you, I hope you see my message, they can refuel. You are my all forward momentum.

  • george93

    come to greece!!!

  • Mickey

    I am scared of my mom dying too…..

  • javier freire

    im a fan of spain.i think you are the best libra x libra.

  • Ambee

    Allen I’m a fan from TX. my entire family is aware how much I love your level of competition. I must say you are an inspiration to me and yes the outer appearance does not make an individual. To see a man your size take the bumps and bruises and keep coming back is awesome. Your hamstring injury;I’m praying for healing!!! The true Artist Mr. Allen Iverson

  • chase

    hey I loved to wach u play basketball and I don’t whant you to leave the NBA for a long time i hope you stay in the nba GOOD LUCK you will need alot

  • chase

    hey i hope u do well where u are going and we don’t whant u to leave the NBA aney time soon but I whant to wish u LUCK out there and when u leave we will miss him and i think he should not go to LA because koby and AI both need the ball in there hands at all times.

  • Francine Dandridge

    Dear AI,

    I hope and pray that everything will be good for you and your family. You’re a great nba player and human being. Your #1 fan, since you were a rookie in Philly. God Bless you and your family.

  • MACK

    WASUP AI…YOU’RE MA BEST THAT EVER TOUCH THE ROCK BRO…IF THIS RING WAS MEANT TO BE IT WILL HAPPEN BUT YOU ALREADY DID YOUR PART..PLEASE DONT LISTEN TO WHAT THE HATERS GOT TO SAY CUZ IF THEY CAN TALK ABOUT JESUS CHRIST BRO, JUST IMAGINE THAT…DONT LET IT GET TO U..GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY..KEEP YOUR HEAD UP BRO..ONE LOVE..YOU’RE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!

  • chase

    hey im glad u are back with the sixers im whaching your game you are doing god i hoope u all win

  • sofresh

    A.I. i always say i want 2 be like myself when im playin b-ball, but on the inside im really sayin i want to play just like A.I. I’ve been compared 2 u when playin b-bsll, but of course i don’t think im anywhere near as good as u even though it is a privilege 2 be compared to u. im glad ur back.

    P.S. will u ever come to Dallas?

  • chase

    he don’t need to go to Dallas they suck so just let him stay where he is at

  • Leticia

    I really need your help Bubbachuck. If you ever look at this site, please email me… I would like to leave my phone number but I can’t . My son is headed down the wrong path and he is fairly young. He has no guidance from a man. There is no one around but me. I dont know how to help him and I think my last chance would be someone else talking to him. I went to school with you so I know your struggles. They were simular to mine. I just want to help my son. Please…Please email me. Please.

  • blorenta

    hello i’am from kosovo and i love allen he’s my idol . my only dream is to see allen even a single time . UR THE BEST ALLEN LOVE YOU TOO MUCH.

  • blorenta

    god bless you and your family . UR THE BEST.

  • AI

    oh ~~!I can’t believe my writing will put on. I think what I said is wrong. But my English is bad. I don’t know you can understand what I said . It is my QQ 1002630766 I so so want to you can see my reply

  • AI

    LOVE FOREVER you AI

  • 韩欣宇

    Today is your birthday.Happy birthday to you.I hope you will live a happy life.I love you forever.

  • 韩欣宇

    Now in China is June 7th.But it is June 6th in America.So tomorrow is your birthday.Happy birthday tomorrow.

  • @rtem

    its a pity to hear that you’ve gone too early.
    man, i know that u can handle anybody on the court thats why you’ll remain my favourite baller.
    well,happy birthday! wish u to live in luxury, being loved, have lovely kids and have a nice mood!

  • webgoodshoes

    Support you, I that webgoodshoes all support you

  • javale nash

    please come back to the NBA please i miss u n other #3 n #1 for life…. THe Answer

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