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NBA Legend LeBron James Replaces Serena Williams as the Newest Athlete on Wheaties Cereal Box

Afouda Fortune
Oct 10, 2020
07:30 A.M.
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LeBron James, one of the best basketball players in NBA history, has officially replaced Grand Slam tennis champion, Serena Williams, as the next pro-athlete to grace the cover of the Wheaties cereal box.


LeBron James is a professional basketball player for the L. A Lakers who has earned a place in the hall of legendary athletes with his remarkable skills on the court. The 35-year-old was recently selected to become the new face on the Wheaties cereal box.

The former cover-girl for the box, professional tennis player Serena Williams made the announcement via a video she uploaded on Instagram.

LeBron James accepted the Best Male Athlete award onstage during the 2016 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images


The footage showed the 39-year-old dressed casually in a black short-sleeved top which had the signature sports brand Nike engraved on it and her hair was styled into blonde curly braids.

In September, Williams had to withdraw from the 2020 French Open due to an Achilles injury that occurred in New York


The pro-athlete expressed her gratitude to Wheaties for being their cover-girl and how honored she was to be a part of the legacy which includes Althea Gibson, the first Black female tennis player to be on the box.

The mother-of-one also emphasized how proud she was to pass on the legacy to none other than James, a man she truly respects and admires for his achievements on and off the court.


Other famous athletes to grace the cereal box were former NBA star Michael Jordan, retired American gymnast Mary Lou Retton, and the late football star, Walter Payton.

Now, James finally has a turn to be on the box. General Mills disclosed that the father-of-three had been chosen based on his accomplishments, especially for his program for underprivileged kids in Ohio known as "I Promise."


Back in 2019, Williams became the second black female tennis player to be on the cover of the Wheaties cereal box. The mother-of-one confessed that she had always dreamt about being the cereal's cover girl and was honored to be a part of the brand that celebrated legendary athletes.

In September, Williams had to withdraw from the 2020 French Open due to an Achilles injury that occurred in New York while she was participating in the US Open.


Despite struggling to walk, the 39-year-old still won her opening match against Kristie Ahn but chose to leave rather than risk worsening her condition.

It appears her Wheaties successor is also a workaholic. James reportedly claimed he would not sleep until his team won the NBA finals.

The athlete admitted that he didn't care about resting as the championship goal was within reach, and he could always sleep after the job was done. But for now, working harder came first.