Colin Kaepernick Receives 2017 Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

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by Michael Rosenberg via si.com

“If I was walking down the highway with a quarter in my pocket and a briefcase full of truth, I’d be so happy.” – Muhammad Ali, Sports Illustrated, Feb. 19, 1968

Colin Kaepernick made his truth known when he first decided not to stand for the national anthem. He had a lot of football left to play and a lot more money to make when he made his decision. It was late August, 2016. People who were anonymous in life had become famous in death. Philando Castile. Eric Garner​. Alton Sterling. Freddie Gray. They were tragic symbols of a society that had taken a terribly wrong turn. As the anthem played ahead of the 49ers’ preseason game against the Texans, Kaepernick, San Francisco’s 28-year-old quarterback at the time, quietly took a seat on the bench.

It took two weeks for anyone from…

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10 Life Lessons From Muhammad Ali

I’m going to be reading, and re-reading these, often.
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Delivered with the kind of swagger and charisma that’s impossible to replicate, Muhammad Ali dropped some seriously smart life lessons over the years. Take some notes.

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Muhammad Ali – THE Greatest Of All Time

Muhammad Ali: 17 January 1942 – 3 June 2016

Ah, me…a titan has passed on. Muhammad Ali, born as Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., but forever known as “The Greatest of All Time,” succumbed to a respiratory illness which was exacerbated by the complications of Parkinson’s disease and CTE. He was 74 years of age. From the BBC:

“Boxing legend Muhammad Ali – one of the world’s greatest sporting figures – has died at the age of 74.

The former world heavyweight champion died late on Friday at a hospital in the US city of Phoenix, Arizona, having been admitted on Thursday.

He had been suffering from a respiratory illness, a condition that was complicated by Parkinson’s disease.

Ali’s funeral will take place in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, said his family…George Foreman, who lost his world title to Ali in the famous “Rumble in the Jungle” fight in Kinshasa in 1974, called him one of the greatest human beings he had ever met.

American civil rights campaigner Jesse Jackson said Ali had been willing to sacrifice the crown and money for his principles when he refused to serve in the Vietnam war.”

I don’t know where to start with what I want to say about this legendary, talented, courageous, genius, magnetic, iconic, poetic, beautiful, genuine titan of a man. He was labeled “boastful” when all he did was “walk his talk.” Muhammad Ali would say something – and then he would do it – quite masterfully, too! He was the epitome of self-confidence, self-assurance, and willpower. His birthdate shows that he was a Capricorn, which is the sole, Cardinal Earth sign. From Astrology.com:

“A Cardinal Quality is attached to the signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. The Cardinal Houses are the First, Fourth, Seventh and Tenth; if an astrological chart shows a preponderance of planets in these houses, its energy is weighted toward cardinality.

Cardinal Signs are the initiators of the zodiac. They are also found at key jumping-off points on the chart wheel, specifically the Ascendant, Medium Coeli (M.C. or Midheaven), Descendant and Imum Coeli (I.C.). Individuals possessing a Cardinal Quality like to get things going. They are active, quick and ambitious. Many projects get started, thanks to Cardinal initiative, although a good deal of them are never finished. That’s because Cardinal folks are much fonder of starting things than finishing them.

You won’t find a Cardinal person slacking off. These people are full of vim and vigor and possess a drive and ambition that is unmistakable. Enthusiasm and a zest for life fill the Cardinal individual. Some might perceive this rampant energy as domineering, and, at times, it can be. Cardinal people can easily forget about the rest of the pack when they are busily focusing on their own endeavors. Even so, their energetic spirit often wins the day.

Cardinal folks are clever and want to win. They love to start things, and whether they finish them or not, there’s always a lot going on. Naysayers who find them to be too self-centered will simply have to watch (and marvel) as they speed by!”

Muhammad Ali’s boxing career was essentially over before I reached middle school, and before I really began paying much attention to sports in earnest. I played varsity-class volleyball in 7th grade; only one of three middle- / junior-high-age girls playing with the juniors and seniors…and, technically, I was still in elementary school since I had a “double-promotion” way back when I first entered kindergarten. Still, the few times I saw him on television, or read about him in the papers or magazines, were always inspiring. His speeches, quotes, and sheer indomitable personality would make me dust myself off and keep on going. The only other celebrities alive now, who inspire me as much as he did, are these legendary talents: Grace Jones, and Tina Turner. Muhammad Ali might have been the last, living male celebrity that I have much respect for…President Barack Obama is more than a celebrity, but that’s another topic for another day. Muhammad Ali transcended the world of sports – his philanthropy, activism, and love for others will forever shine brightly, for me.

I don’t think there’s anything that I can add that hasn’t been said by legions around the world, by now. I just wanted to post my own, tiny, heartfelt tribute to a true legend. Rest easy now, my good man…your heart, soul, dedication, and willpower have inspired me anew.

The pantheon embraces and welcomes you as an equal, as well. I’ll let your words speak for you, since your voice was silenced far too soon. Your actions certainly spoke far louder than your voice ever did – and that says everything.

R.I.P., “Smokin’ Joe” Frazier…

A boxing legend just passed away after recently being diagnosed with liver cancer.  He was 67.  He was the first boxer to ever defeat Cassius Clay, a.k.a. Muhammad Ali, and did so in 1971.  Joe Frazier was a talented boxer, who also became known for his anti-war views and embrace of Islam – although, Muhammad Ali was thought of as being “more Islamic” than Joe, since he went out of his way to change his name.  I suppose that’s debatable.  Their rivalry is mentioned here, from the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/08/sports/joe-frazier-ex-heavyweight-champ-dies-at-67.html

 

Rest in peace…

 

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