The Greatest

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Derek Jeter, Founding Publisher - The Players' Tribune

I got to know Muhammad Ali mostly through my dad, who told me many stories about the Greatest when I was growing up. I even met Ali a couple of times at events, and though he never said much he was always a huge presence. He was at the All-Star Game in 2004, and we were all in awe of him. Didn’t matter what generation you were from: He was the Greatest.

He was one of the first athletes to speak his mind, and that opened the door for the many who do so today. He always stood up for what he believed, no matter what the cost.

Ali was also the first to bring real personality to sports, and by that I mean he was always himself, no matter who he was with or where he was.

He freed us all in that way.

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