How I’ll Remember Ali

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Cam Newton, Quarterback / Carolina Panthers - The Players' Tribune

Muhammad Ali has had a profound impact on my life. My prayers go out to his entire family.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I idolize Muhammad Ali. I gravitated towards the fact that he seemed to truly enjoy himself and have fun as an athlete, and that he was not scared to have an opinion about important social issues.

One of the most memorable moments in my life — one that I will always cherish — was when I received a surprise birthday call from Muhammad Ali. I could not have been more in shock and in awe.

He finished the surprise birthday call in true Ali fashion. He said, “You might be a good football player, but you will never be as pretty as me!”

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Cassius Clay smiles for the camera after he knocked out Archie Moore in the 4th round on November 15, 1962 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stanley Weston/Getty Images)

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