Muhammad Ali leaves immortal legacy of Greatness
Muhammad Ali tossed his beloved 1960 Olympic Gold Medal into the river after he and a friend were chased by a motorcycle gang following an incident where the two blacks were denied service at a restaraunt.
Later, Ali tried to pawn his heavy weight championship belt as he was broke. They discovered the belt was aluminuim and not worth anything.
Ali worked his whole life for these two symbols. The young Louisville kid would run through the streets proclaiming he would win a gold medal. He would scream that he would become the Heavy Weight Champion of the World. He was a mere boy, but Ali would tell people he was the greatest.
Ali did not box for titles or false idols. Ali boxed for the people.
There are plenty of stories about how he would shake every hand and sign every autograph as he trained for boxing events. He needed people and noise as he trained for the big moments in legendary fights.
Ali’s grandest fight happened outside of the ring. He took a stand for change by not taking a step forward and enlisting in the Army.
At the time, he was offerred a shot to have an easy job in the military. However, he could not cause harm to a country that never did him any harm.
These infamous words changed the world. People black and white hated him. It cost Ali the prime of his career. But he did not care. He stood up against the greatest nation in the world! He became an agent of change and a figure for civil disobedience.
Ali was more than a boxer.
Many will remember Ali for his bouts versus Frazier, Foreman, Liston and Norton.
Right fully so. Boxing was Ali’s craft. Watch some of those highlights and you will see a man who moves like a butterfly and stings like a bee.
Ali was a poet. He cited infamous poems calling for his opponents head in a predicted round.
Ali created the showmanship we know in sports. All the swagger we see in professional sports is because of Ali.
He called himself pretty and did magic tricks, because he was larger than life. He was the king of the world.
At a time when blacks struggled for a voice, Ali was loud and arrogant. More importantly, he gave minorities the confidence to fight the greatest battle for equality.
He carried that into his days freeing hostages from Iraq and getting people down from suicide ledges.
More importantly, Ali was a man of God.
Ali was born Cassius Clay. However, he changed his name once he became a follower of Islam.
Many people hated him. Think about how we view Islam now. Imagine how much worse it was in the 1960s’.
None the less, he talked about God throughout his career. He once said he could not be defeated because he talked to God everyday.
Christians mocked his religion, but that was only because they could not grasp is love for God.
Ali spoke about his mission for God once he retired. Ali did good on his word. In retirement, he traveled the world for charities. He was an ambassador. He visited sick children. Ali was among the greatest figures of God, regardless of religion.
Ali fought until his last breathe.
Ali literally would not quit fighting. That was just how strong his heart was.
As for how he wants to be remembered, he said it best.
Any of us could only hope to leave half the legacy as Ali. He was the greatest in every sense of the word.
RIP to THE G.O.A.T.
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