March 21 (UPI) -- Unlimited tales chronicle the rise of pro athletes from the jaws of inner-city violence to the glamour of superstardom.
But don't forget that King James and other prolific sports personas were once children too, dealing with the realities of growing up.
That could be one reason why LeBron James and other athletes are speaking out to support an Atlantic City man who became famous overnight this week after intervening in a street fight.
The NSWF Facebook video of the incident has been watched more than 16 million times on various social media platforms. In the video, two boys are squaring off for a fistfight in the middle of the street. A man walks up just before punches are thrown in an effort to break it all up. He calls out both boys and the onlookers who are recording the action on their phones for social media purposes.
"All of you all are the real cowards," the man said. "Record that too. Everybody on the phone, record that."
The man then tells the boys to look at their "friends" who are standing around and laughing at them. He tells the boys that they "are almost men" and to "start acting like it." He then stays until the boys shake hands and walk away.
After watching the video, James tweeted: "So dope!!! #Salute the homie who stepped in and spoke real to our young generation. We all need a word or 2 to help!"
Former baseball player Jerry Hairston Jr. also retweeted the video and commented.
"More MEN are needed in this world like this. #RealTalk," Hairston tweeted.
Newly signed Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith wrote: "This is a REAL man right here! Y'all youngins need to watch and learn from this video about your "friends"...salute to this dude!"
This is a REAL man right here! Y'all youngins need to watch and learn from this video about your "friends"...salute to this dude! https://t.co/YMau4bv4gm— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) March 21, 2017
James, 32, has three children, including: Zhuri, Bryce Maximus, and LeBron James Jr. Smith, 28, has one son named Torrey Jeremiah Smith. Hairston, 40, has two daughters and a son..