The entire world — not just in sports or in boxing — is hurting Saturday with the news of Muhammad Ali’s passing. The boxing great is often cited as the greatest athlete to ever live because of his prowess in the ring. It is also because of his impact outside it.
Alabama coach Nick Saban joined Dari Nowkah and Marcus Spears on ESPN Radio’s Dari & Mel Show on Saturday and reflected on Ali’s lasting impact:
“I think there are few, if any, individuals that represented his sport with more passion — I call it class because he believed in what he believed in, he had a great spirit about him, he had tremendous leadership, he affected so many people in so many ways and you really have to have a lot of respect for the commitment and the things that he believed in that really changed the world.
“There’s a lot of great athletes, but there’s not many that do that and use their notoriety that they developed in being a champion to really affect the world in a lot of really positive ways.”
Ali touched many lives around the world, and it would appear that Saban is one of those people.