Critics blasted him for supposedly shirking his responsibility to the kids who idolized him -- and bought his sneakers.
16 years later, the debate over athletes as role models is back on the front burner -- thanks to another Nike spokesman, Tiger Woods.
Once thought to be the ultimate role model, it turns out he's anything but that -- at least if the tabloid reports are true.
Now, this may sound crazy, but there may be a way for Tiger to turn it around.
He's announced an indefinite hiatus from golf … to focus on his wife and family.
Nobody's perfect, but if he can show he's contrite and ready to live up to the promises he made to his family then he can possibly become a better person in the wake of this scandal … and perhaps he'll resume the role of someone we can continue to admire.
That's a page from my notebook.
I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.