I’ve seen so many different sports sites give their tributes to Cassius Clay, better known as Muhammad Ali and I wanted to do the very same. 2016 has not been an easy year as we’ve lost many people such as Natalie Cole, Phife Dawg from the legendary rap group, a tribe called quest, David Bowie, the artist known as Prince and now we unfortunately add Mr. Ali to this list of people that we have lost. This is a huge loss for sports as he was such an icon and everybody knew who he was, it doesn’t matter the generation you were born in. A legend is a legend.
I clearly wasn’t born when he was fighting, but I’ve seen so many old tapes of him and how he handled his business in the ring and I was in awe of him. He was smooth in the ring, he had fantastic footwork and he made his opponents work to beat him. Although he was a champion in the ring, I often look back at how he was outside of the ring as he was the very first athlete to speak his mind and not care what anybody else thought and him doing that set the platform for athletes after him to do the same. He was truly the first athlete to as we call it today “talk the talk” but he backed it up and that’s what separated him from a lot of people. As much as he did in the ring, his legacy will be more so remembered what he did outside of the ring in my humble opinion.
Muhammad Ali will always be the champion and as a good friend of mine always reminds me of: Legends are always remembered/ I think what I will remember about Mr. Ali the most are some of his memorable quotes. “A man who views life at 50 the same way he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life”. That will always be my favorite. My thoughts are with his family and those who were closest to him.