Remembering Muhammad Ali: A tribute to a boxing legend

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The sports world lost a legend on Friday. Muhammad Ali died after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Ali suffered from Parkinson’s for three decades, most famously trembling badly while lighting the Olympic torch in 1996 in Atlanta.

An iconic figure who at one point was perhaps the most recognized person in the world, Ali left a lasting legacy.

<p>Muhammad Ali, former world heavyweight boxing champion, toys with the finely combed hair of television sports commentators Howard Cosell before the start of the Olympic boxing trials, Aug. 7, 1972, in West Point, NY. (AP Photo)</p>
Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali, former world heavyweight boxing champion, toys with the finely combed hair of television sports commentators Howard Cosell before the start of the Olympic boxing trials, Aug. 7, 1972, in West Point, NY. (AP Photo)

<p>World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Muhammad Ali, right, is shown with Black Muslim Leader, Malcolm X, outside the Trans-Lux Newsreel Theater on Broadway at 49th Street, New York City, March 1, 1964. They had just watched a screening of films on Ali’s title fight with Sonny Liston in Miami Beach, Feb. 25. (AP Photo)</p>
MUHAMMAD ALI MALCOLM X

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Muhammad Ali, right, is shown with Black Muslim Leader, Malcolm X, outside the Trans-Lux Newsreel Theater on Broadway at 49th Street, New York City, March 1, 1964. They had just watched a screening of films on Ali’s title fight with Sonny Liston in Miami Beach, Feb. 25. (AP Photo)

<p>Pop artist Andy Warhol, left, is shown photographing Muhammad Ali, his infant daughter, Hanna, and wife, Veronica, Thursday, August 18, 1977, at Ali’s training camp in Deer Lake, Pa. (AP Photo)</p>
WARHOL ALI

Pop artist Andy Warhol, left, is shown photographing Muhammad Ali, his infant daughter, Hanna, and wife, Veronica, Thursday, August 18, 1977, at Ali’s training camp in Deer Lake, Pa. (AP Photo)

<p>World heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali sits in his room on his arrival in Houston, Feb. 20, 1967. The champ was silent on his thoughts about his draft status referring all questions to his New York attorney. The Houston Selective Service appeals board refused his appeal for a deferment. He was trying for a deferment on grounds that he is a Muslim minister. Ali starts training tomorrow for his title defense against Zora Folley on March 22 in New York. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky)</p>
Muhammad Ali 1967

World heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali sits in his room on his arrival in Houston, Feb. 20, 1967. The champ was silent on his thoughts about his draft status referring all questions to his New York attorney. The Houston Selective Service appeals board refused his appeal for a deferment. He was trying for a deferment on grounds that he is a Muslim minister. Ali starts training tomorrow for his title defense against Zora Folley on March 22 in New York. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky)

<p>In this Feb. 18, 1964, file photo, The Beatles, from left, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison, take a fake blow from Cassius Clay, who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali, while visiting the heavyweight contender at his training camp in Miami Beach, Fla. Ali turns 70 on Jan. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/File)</p>
Ali Birthday Boxing

In this Feb. 18, 1964, file photo, The Beatles, from left, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison, take a fake blow from Cassius Clay, who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali, while visiting the heavyweight contender at his training camp in Miami Beach, Fla. Ali turns 70 on Jan. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/File)

<p>Referee John LoBianco directs champion Muhammad Ali to a neutral corner before he started the knockout count over prostrate challenger Zora Folley in seventh round of heavyweight little fight. Ali was declared victor on a knockout at 1:48 of the round in fight in New York’s Madison Square Garden, March 22, 1967. (AP Photo)</p>
Ali Folley Fight 1967

Referee John LoBianco directs champion Muhammad Ali to a neutral corner before he started the knockout count over prostrate challenger Zora Folley in seventh round of heavyweight little fight. Ali was declared victor on a knockout at 1:48 of the round in fight in New York’s Madison Square Garden, March 22, 1967. (AP Photo)

<p>Cassius Clay’s handlers hold him back as he reacts after he is announced the new heavyweight champion of the world on a seventh round technical knockout against Sonny Liston at Convention Hall in Miami Beach, Fla., on Feb. 25, 1964. (AP Photo)</p>
Clay Ali

Cassius Clay’s handlers hold him back as he reacts after he is announced the new heavyweight champion of the world on a seventh round technical knockout against Sonny Liston at Convention Hall in Miami Beach, Fla., on Feb. 25, 1964. (AP Photo)

<p>Muhammad Ali gets his gloves laced outside a boxing ring in Houston, Texas in February 1967. Ali is training for a Feb. 6 championship title fight with Ernie Terrell. (AP Photo)</p>
MUHAMMAD ALI

Muhammad Ali gets his gloves laced outside a boxing ring in Houston, Texas in February 1967. Ali is training for a Feb. 6 championship title fight with Ernie Terrell. (AP Photo)

<p>Boxing great Muhammad Ali, right, pats the head of the Artist Formerly Known as Prince during a meeting in Washington Tuesday, June 24, 1997 prior to a news conference where they were to announce plans for a benefit concert in October. The World Healing Honors will be a grand benefit concert to promote international harmony and tolerance. (AP Photo/Karin Cooper/Rogers &amp; Cowan)</p>
PRINCE ALI

Boxing great Muhammad Ali, right, pats the head of the Artist Formerly Known as Prince during a meeting in Washington Tuesday, June 24, 1997 prior to a news conference where they were to announce plans for a benefit concert in October. The World Healing Honors will be a grand benefit concert to promote international harmony and tolerance. (AP Photo/Karin Cooper/Rogers & Cowan)

<p>World heavyweight boxing champion Cassius Clay runs alongside a horse-drawn carriage, in Queen’s Mews, Knightsbridge, London, May 11, 1966. Clay is in training for his fight against British challenger Henry Cooper on May 21. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)</p>
CASSIUS IN TRAINING

World heavyweight boxing champion Cassius Clay runs alongside a horse-drawn carriage, in Queen’s Mews, Knightsbridge, London, May 11, 1966. Clay is in training for his fight against British challenger Henry Cooper on May 21. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)

<p>19 Jul 1996: Muhammad Ali holds the torch before lighting the Olympic Flame during the Opening Ceremony of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Mandatory Credit: Michael Cooper /</p>
Olympics Opn Cer

19 Jul 1996: Muhammad Ali holds the torch before lighting the Olympic Flame during the Opening Ceremony of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Mandatory Credit: Michael Cooper /

<p>Muhammad Ali is photographed while shooting “I Am the Greatest.”</p>
I Am the Greatest

Muhammad Ali is photographed while shooting “I Am the Greatest.”

<p>Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, shouting and gesturing shortly after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw on May 25, 1965, in Lewiston, Maine. The bout lasted only one minute into the first round. Ali is the only man ever to win the world heavyweight boxing championship three times. He also won a gold medal in the light-heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympic Games in Rome as a member of the U.S. Olympic boxing team. In 1964 he dropped the name Cassius Clay and adopted the Muslim name Muhammad Ali. (AP Photo/John Rooney)</p>
CLAY LISTON

Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, shouting and gesturing shortly after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw on May 25, 1965, in Lewiston, Maine. The bout lasted only one minute into the first round. Ali is the only man ever to win the world heavyweight boxing championship three times. He also won a gold medal in the light-heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympic Games in Rome as a member of the U.S. Olympic boxing team. In 1964 he dropped the name Cassius Clay and adopted the Muslim name Muhammad Ali. (AP Photo/John Rooney)

<p>Magic Johnson poses for the camera with Muhammad Ali. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)</p>
Los Angeles Lakers

Magic Johnson poses for the camera with Muhammad Ali. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

<p>Muhammad Ali stands in the corner of the ring during a match. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)</p>
Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali stands in the corner of the ring during a match. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

<p>American boxers Muhammad Ali (second from right) and Leon Spinks (far left) at a press conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Midtown Manhattan, New York, December 15, 1977. They were there to promote their January 15 bout which Spinks would win. In this photograph an unidentied man embraces or holds back Spinks. American sportscaster Brent Musburger can be see in the center background as he laughs. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)</p>
Ali - Spinks Press Conference

American boxers Muhammad Ali (second from right) and Leon Spinks (far left) at a press conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Midtown Manhattan, New York, December 15, 1977. They were there to promote their January 15 bout which Spinks would win. In this photograph an unidentied man embraces or holds back Spinks. American sportscaster Brent Musburger can be see in the center background as he laughs. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)

<p>MIAMI BEACH, FL – DECEMBER 11: Muhammad Ali throws a punch against Trevor Berbick who dodges the punch at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach on December 11, 1981. Muhammad Ali lost the bout to Trevor Berbick, ending Ali’s comeback and entering him permanently into retirement. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)</p>
Ali v Berbick

MIAMI BEACH, FL – DECEMBER 11: Muhammad Ali throws a punch against Trevor Berbick who dodges the punch at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach on December 11, 1981. Muhammad Ali lost the bout to Trevor Berbick, ending Ali’s comeback and entering him permanently into retirement. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

<p>MIAMI, FL – FEBRUARY 25, 1964: Cassius Clay &reg; throws a punch to the head of Sonny Liston (L) in a World Heavyweight Title fight February 25, 1964 at Convention Hall in Miami, Florida.(Photo by Focus On Sport/Getty Images)</p>
1964 Heavyweight Title Fight: Cassius Clay v Sonny Liston

MIAMI, FL – FEBRUARY 25, 1964: Cassius Clay ® throws a punch to the head of Sonny Liston (L) in a World Heavyweight Title fight February 25, 1964 at Convention Hall in Miami, Florida.(Photo by Focus On Sport/Getty Images)

<p>Former Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali and Daughter Laila (Photo by Moses Robinson/WireImage)</p>
The Butterfly Ball “A National Tribute to Muhammad Ali”

Former Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali and Daughter Laila (Photo by Moses Robinson/WireImage)

<p>Muhammad Ali and Robin Williams during Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night XII – Inside at JW Marriott Ridge Desert Resort in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for PMK/HBH)</p>
Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night XII - Inside

Muhammad Ali and Robin Williams during Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night XII – Inside at JW Marriott Ridge Desert Resort in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for PMK/HBH)

<p>ZAIRE,AFRICA – OCTOBER 30,1974: Muhammad Ali lands a left hook knocking out George Foreman during the “Rumble in the Jungle” fight at the Mai 20 Stadium on October 30,1974 in Kinshasa,Zaire. Muhammad Ali won WBC heavyweight title and the WBA World heavyweight title W KO 8. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)</p>
Muhammad Ali v George Forman

ZAIRE,AFRICA – OCTOBER 30,1974: Muhammad Ali lands a left hook knocking out George Foreman during the “Rumble in the Jungle” fight at the Mai 20 Stadium on October 30,1974 in Kinshasa,Zaire. Muhammad Ali won WBC heavyweight title and the WBA World heavyweight title W KO 8. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)

<p>LOS ANGELES – NOVEMBER 15,1962: Cassius Clay (L) knocks down Archie Moore during the fight at the Sports Arena on November 15,1962 in Los Angeles, California. Cassius Clay won by a TKO 4. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)</p>
Cassius Clay v Archie Moore

LOS ANGELES – NOVEMBER 15,1962: Cassius Clay (L) knocks down Archie Moore during the fight at the Sports Arena on November 15,1962 in Los Angeles, California. Cassius Clay won by a TKO 4. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)

<p>SAN DIEGO – MARCH 31,1973: Muhammad Ali &reg; connects a right punch against Ken Norton during the fight at the Sports Arena on March 31,1973 in San Diego,California. Ken Norton won the NABF heavyweight title. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)</p>
Muhammad Ali v Ken Norton

SAN DIEGO – MARCH 31,1973: Muhammad Ali ® connects a right punch against Ken Norton during the fight at the Sports Arena on March 31,1973 in San Diego,California. Ken Norton won the NABF heavyweight title. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)

<p>NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 02: Boxing legend Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie Ali ride a golf cart onto the field to represent the Louisville Cardinals for the coin toss against the Florida Gators prior to the start of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)</p>
Allstate Sugar Bowl - Louisville v Florida

NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 02: Boxing legend Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie Ali ride a golf cart onto the field to represent the Louisville Cardinals for the coin toss against the Florida Gators prior to the start of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

<p>TORONTO, ON – 1966: George Chuvalo in the ring with Muhammad Ali, 1966. (Doug Griffin/Toronto Star via Getty Images)</p>
George Chuvalo

TORONTO, ON – 1966: George Chuvalo in the ring with Muhammad Ali, 1966. (Doug Griffin/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

<p>HOUSTON,TX – NOVEMBER 14,1966: Muhammad Ali celebrates after knocking out Cleveland Williams during the fight at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. Muhammad Ali won the World Heavyweight Title by a TKO 3. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)</p>
Muhammad Ali v Cleveland Williams

HOUSTON,TX – NOVEMBER 14,1966: Muhammad Ali celebrates after knocking out Cleveland Williams during the fight at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. Muhammad Ali won the World Heavyweight Title by a TKO 3. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)

<p>LOS ANGELES – SEPTEMBER 1973: Muhammad Ali trains with the speed bag for his upcoming fight against Ken Norton in Inglewood,California. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)</p>
Muhammad Ali trains

LOS ANGELES – SEPTEMBER 1973: Muhammad Ali trains with the speed bag for his upcoming fight against Ken Norton in Inglewood,California. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)

<p>NEW YORK – DECEMBER 07: Heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali trains for his fight against Oscar Bonavena on December 7, 1970 in New York, U.S.A. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)</p>
Anwar Hussein Collection

NEW YORK – DECEMBER 07: Heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali trains for his fight against Oscar Bonavena on December 7, 1970 in New York, U.S.A. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

<p>Heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali hits Chuck Wepner during a heavyweight title fight on March 24, 1975 at the Richfield Coliseum in Richfield, OH. Ali won the bout with a TKO in the 15th round.<br>1975 Paul Tepley Collection/Diamond Images</p>
Heavyweight Boxing - Chuck Wepner v Muhammad Ali

Heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali hits Chuck Wepner during a heavyweight title fight on March 24, 1975 at the Richfield Coliseum in Richfield, OH. Ali won the bout with a TKO in the 15th round.
1975 Paul Tepley Collection/Diamond Images

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