I was trying to describe the legend of Muhammad Ali to my sons. I explained boxing’s popularity through the 80’s and that this combined with Ali’s skill, wit and charisma made him a larger than life character for generations. In his lifetime Ali was a friend to many big and small, he dined with heads of state and once talked a suicide jumper from a 9th-floor perch. Except for Tiger Woods, I can’t think of a sports celebrity who has approached Ali’s level of recognition. We may never again see the likes of this kind of celebrity again.
Ali retired in the early 80s living bravely with Parkinson’s until he passed away last week. He was truly one of “The Greatest”.
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