The sport of boxing and the world of sports lost a legend in Muhammad Ali, who passed away at the age of 74.
“The Greatest” was just that —both in and out of the ring — and impacted not only the boxing community, but the entire world.
Many great tributes have been produced in the past several days, and far be it for me to try and top them. Aside from the brief remembrance to start off the show, I needed some help, and I knew just the man to do it.
CBS Sports and WFAN columnist Jason Keidel, a life-long fan of Ali, returned to the show to discuss and reflect on the life and times of Muhammad Ali — from breaking onto the scene by winning gold at the 1960 Olympics, to upsetting Sonny Liston, to converting to the Nation of Islam and refusing to fight in the Vietnam War at the age of 25, to struggling in his return to the ring before beating Joe Frazier twice and taking down George Forman, to fighting well past his prime, and to living the latter part of his life as a shell of his former self.
It was a pleasure listening to some of Jason’s thoughts regarding Ali’s life as well as getting a better understanding to what Ali meant to the sport of boxing and to the world.
You can also read Jason’s column written shortly after Ali’s death entitled “Muhammad Ali was a Champion in Every Sense of the Word” here, and follow him on Twitter @JasonKeidel. The interview itself starts a little after the 12:00 minute mark.
Show music: ‘Actionable’ and ‘Epic,’ courtesy of www.bensound.com.