Magic Johnson has had 137 triple-doubles. Last week, he got his first quadruple cover.
Johnson became the first sports figure ever featured on the cover of Time, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report on the same date. U.S. News bumped a political-themed cover and Newsweek put off other topics to feature Johnson, using his return to the Lakers to discuss issues related to AIDS and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. All four magazines are dated Feb. 12.
Only three sports figures had previously appeared on Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated on the same date: Secretariat on June 11, 1973, after winning the Triple Crown; Joe Montana on Jan. 25, 1982, after his first Super Bowl victory, and O.J. Simpson on June 27, 1994, after his arrest for allegedly murdering his former wife and Ron Goldman.
"We decided [the previous] Tuesday afternoon it was more than just a sports cover. It was a health cover," said Walter Isaacson, managing editor of Time. "It was, more importantly, a way to look at the change in the way we in society look at AIDS in the four years since he was unnecessarily benched."