For those who think Karl "The Mailman" Malone is done delivering after 19 years in the NBA... think again.
Malone dominated the game as the premier power forward and is recognized as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Twice named the NBA's Most Valuable Player, along with two Gold Medals for USA Basketball, Karl finished his playing career as the only player in the history of the league to score 2,000 points or more in 10 consecutive seasons and is the second leading scorer just behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Peers and opponents of "The Mailman" are quick to comment on his dedication to the game and to his teammates, but even more so on his almost inhuman training regimen. Throughout Karl's career he maintained a strict training routine resulting in amazing endurance and strength. (By the way, he left the game, but the training regimen is still very much intact!)
On March 23, 2006, the Utah Jazz retired Karl's number 32 and a bronze statue now stands outside the arena next to another bronze statue of his longtime teammate and friend, John Stockton. (The statues stand together, surrounded by the players' combined NBA records, on the corner of John Stockton Drive and Karl Malone Drive.)
Karl was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in August of 2010 and the same year was also enshrined as a member of the 1992 USA Basketball Gold Medal Dream Team. Karl was joined again with longtime teammate John Stockton when the two were welcomed into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame in October of 2012.
Of course now that Karl has formally left his "day job," he has turned his attention to a number of things. For years, his "off-season" has been jam-packed with countless adventures: hunting, fishing, trucking, logging, monster trucks, pro wrestling, motorcycles, hiking, biking, car sales, land development, acting, building, ranching and wildlife management... just to name a few.
Karl also continues to devote his attention to several humanitarian organizations and projects throughout the country, something to which both he and his wife Kay have strong commitments. They have provided financial aid and dedicated time and resources to assist and support families, students, children and organizations in need and our military and will continue to do so.
Malone gives from the heart and is not afraid of hard labor either. This was witnessed in 2005 when he led a convoy of trucks and equipment to help several victims clean up the damage left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. His team worked around the clock to help families begin rebuilding their lives.
Most importantly, Karl now is finally able to spend more quality time with his family. His wife Kay, his children Kadee, Kylee, Karl Jr., Karlee, older kids Cheryl and Daryl Ford, and Demetress Bell, and his three beautiful grandchildren are his all-time, full-time, lifetime teammates.