Action star Chuck Norris

Action star Chuck Norris

When action movie and “Walker Texas Ranger” television star and longtime WND columnist Chuck Norris does pushups, he doesn’t push himself up, he pushes the Earth down. He sleeps with a night-light because the dark is afraid of him and America’s favorite tough guy can lead a horse to water AND make it drink.

And now, among the various “Chuck Norris facts” that roam the Internet, there’s another. Only this actually is a fact, it’s on video.

Now it’s “cool” for his face to appear on the knob of a baseball bat in a major-league game.

See the video:

Totalprosports reported Tuesday that Diamondbacks catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has Norris’ picture on the end of his bat.

“I mean, if you want to hit for power, you’re not going to put Seth Rogen up there, are you? Nah. It’s gonna be Chuck Norris,” the report said.

Norris, whose career encompasses a long list of action movies as well as the “Walker” series, began his career not in movies, television or in the world of Internet trivia. As part of his work with the martial arts, he taught celebrity students, including Steve McQueen, Bob Barker, Priscilla Presley, and Donnie and Marie Osmond.

WND also has reported Norris’ image as a tough guy simply hasn’t reached its zenith.

Yet.

More and more extreme stories are coming up all the time.

For example, at Christmas a couple of years ago, a new video was released, topping the epic stunt of muscle man Jean-Claude Van Damme, the Belgian-born actor who was filmed doing the splits between two moving trucks.

Norris took the stunt to a whole new level.

In a video posted online by Delov Digital, a Hungarian animation company, Chuck Norris does the splits between the wings of two jets.

Flying jets.

Holding a human Christmas tree of nearly a dozen airborne comrades on his cowboy hat.

See Van Damme’s stunt:

And how Delov, in an effort to wish “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,” offered its own rendition:

Norris often has played down the idea that he’s some sort of superhero, however, despite the stories that his image was destined for Mt. Rushmore, but the granite wasn’t tough enough for his beard, that his tears cure cancer (only he’s never cried), the only time he ever used a stunt double was for a crying scene and that people should take his advice on political races because, “You can always ignore my advice. The dinosaurs did.”

“I’ve got a bulletin for you, folks. I am no superman,” he has said. “I realize that now, but I didn’t always. As six-time world karate champion and then a movie star, I put too much trust in who I was, what I could do and what I acquired. I forgot how much I needed others and especially God. Whether we are famous or not, we all need God. We also need other people.”

Earlier in 2015, on the occasion of his 75th birthday, he shared some of the wisdom he’s acquired through the years.

“I will forget the mistakes of the past and press on to greater achievements,” Norris said. “I will continually work at developing love, happiness and loyalty in my family and acknowledge that no other success can compensate for failure at home.”

Asked what is one of the most significant life lessons he’s learned in his 75 years, Norris told WND, “Never give up on anything you feel passionate about. If you can visualize what you want to achieve, then the odds are you can succeed at your goal.”

In “The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book,” Norris gives readers not only his favorite “facts,” roundhouse-kicked by the man himself, but also the stories behind the facts and the code by which he lives his life.

Norris has been writing a weekly column exclusively for WND since Oct. 23, 2006.

He also founded the United Fighting Arts Federation with more than 2,300 black belts all over the world. In 1997, Norris achieved another milestone in his life by being the first man ever in the Western Hemisphere to be awarded an eighth-degree Black Belt Grand Master recognition in the Tae Kwon Do system. This was a first in 4,500 years of tradition.

Norris is also a New York Times bestselling author of “Black Belt Patriotism.”

black_belt_patriotismThe Norrises have shared that next to their family, their greatest mission in life is their Kickstart Kids Foundation. In 1992 with the help of President George H.W. Bush, the program was launched in four public middle schools in Houston. For more than 20 years, Kickstart Kids has developed and delivered an in-school physical education program based on martial arts that teaches responsibility and character development, while building self-esteem and engaging kids in a school-based activity. The program is dedicated to giving middle-school students the tools and support necessary to resolve conflicts, avoid participating in gangs, choose a drug-free lifestyle, resist negative peer pressure, remain in school until they graduate, achieve a higher level of academic success and ultimately become productive members of communities. Today, Kickstart Kids serves more than 7,000 children daily and has graduated approximately 80,000 students, with many going on to college.

Filled with side-splitting humor, “The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book,” Norris gives readers not only his favorite “facts,” roundhouse-kicked by the man himself, but also the stories behind the facts and the code by which he lives his life.

 

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