Muhammad Ali will be remembered as much for his legacy as a humanitarian, and an advocate for social change, as he is for being the greatest heavyweight champ in the history of boxing.
Unlike many athletes today, Ali never shied away from taking principled stands in the interest of protecting his bottom line. Ali didn’t just talk, he spoke. He often rattled off classic quotes from the top of his head that still resonate and remain relevant.
In his day, it was uncommon for athletes to have opinions on hot button issues. Athletes today often robotically read talking points from prepared statements, while avoiding saying anything of substance. Today, Colin recalled Ali’s uncommon courage to be outspoken on important issues during chaotic social times.
“He had the strength to speak in a time you could be silent. Athletes today, are silent, in an era you are free to speak. The strength, the courage the footprint of Muhammad Ali, formerly Cassius Clay, there is no rival to it in sports.”
Legendary boxing promoter Bob Arum, who promoted more Ali fights than any other promoter, joined Colin to remember The Greatest.
“He was such an unbelievable, transformative figure, that while I never quite realized in the beginning how important he would end up becoming, as far as a public figure – I knew what a great fighter he was – I was amazed at his courage in taking stands, in his ability to articulate what, up to that point, had been left unsaid.”
In death, Muhammad Ali’s combination of style, penetrating substance and courage will be remembered as much as his mastery of the sweet science. There likely won’t be an athlete with the depth of Ali ever again.