Too often nowadays sports fans label their favourite players as the greatest.
Looking at someone’s career statistics and comparing them to other athletes from years gone by isn’t the way to determine greatness.
It certainly makes for an interesting debate to compare Gretzky to Orr, Ruth to Aaron, Montana to Manning, etc.
But true greatness, even in the sports world, goes beyond what athletes accomplish in their sport.
Muhammad Ali combined the perfect blend of superior talent, an unmatched social conscience and an amazing love of humanity.
Ali died late Friday night at the age of 74 after a 32 year bout with Parkinson’s Disease.
You can debate all day long whether Ali was the best boxer of all-time.
But I’m not sure you will be able to find a more influential athlete who ever lived.
From fighting for equality for African Americans, to his stance on the Vietnam War that landed him in jail and stripped him of his heavyweight championship belt, Ali was more than just a boxer or an athlete.
He was indisputably “The Greatest.”