He may have only played 35 games this season, but you can’t underestimate the impact that Jeremy Lin made this year, both on the court and off. To further solidify this point, Lin has been named to the TIME 100, TIME magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Lin’s profile on the list was written by none other than U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who writes that Lin’s story is important to everyone:
“And I don’t care whether you are an Asian-American kid, white, black or Hispanic, Jeremy’s story tells you that if you show grit, discipline and integrity, you too can get an opportunity to overcome the odds.”
A pretty impressive feat for a guy who played hoops at Harvard and was sleeping on a couch a few months back.