Over the years, Muhammad Ali has been held quite firmly in high regard as one of the greatest athletes in sports history. There was simply nobody like Ali that saw his impact go well beyond any boxing ring as he was outspoken in many ways, and he was firm into his convictions. He’s beloved for many reasons that have been a timeless icon. Ali‘s tremendous influence also helped him once save a man from committing suicide.
Muhammad Ali’s legacy
Ali is widely respected and remembered for his time in the ring, where he put forth an incredible boxing career that spanned over two decades.
He had many memorable moments and fights along the way that only further raised him as one of the greatest athletes ever in the sports. He was an international icon that did much more than just put forth an illustrious career in the squared circle.
Ali was vocal about many social issues during his time and earned greater respect for what he stood for out of the ring. That alone lifted him to another level of stardom and recognition. It wasn’t all glorious for Ali as he did face backlash and criticism along the way, but he always stood firm in his beliefs that have built an everlasting legacy around him.
Months before the final fight of his boxing career, Ali did one courageous act that saved another man’s life.
Muhammad Ali saved a life
Ali garnered a great deal of respect for his career in the ring and his work as a strong civil rights advocate during his career.
However, he also played a significant part in another way as he was pivotal to saving a man’s life in January 1981. The police had responded to the news of a man, who was a military veteran, was attempting to jump off a building.
Ali’s public relations manager was nearby with the boxer, which he rushed onto the scene when he realized the police’s three-hour attempt to convince the man otherwise wasn’t working out. Ali went up to the window nearby to speak to the man, and it took 20 minutes for the legendary boxer to get the former military veteran off the ledge.
The Hall of Famer’s message was short and direct that helped prevent what could have been a disastrous situation. (H/T Jack Godwin of VT.com)
“You’re my brother,” Ali told the man. “I love you and I wouldn’t lie to you. You got to listen. I want you to come home with me, meet some friends of mine.”
The man replied, “Why do you worry about me? I’m a nobody”.
Speaking to the Reading Eagle, Ali later said that he “told him he wasn’t a nobody. He saw me weeping and he couldn’t believe I was really doing that, that I cared that much about him”.
It was another prime example of Ali’s character that went well beyond the ring that saved a person’s life.
Muhammad Ali’s legacy
There are many reasons why Ali has been so greatly well-revered over the last several decades.
He was a one-of-a-kind athlete that inspired many over his career and well after it because of what he stood for and what did he did to voice and demonstrated his conviction behind his actions. Ali was a sports icon that was well beyond his time that went well beyond the realm of his craft.
Actions such as this to help save a man’s life from suicide was another true showing of the content of his character. Ali’s legacy is one that multi-faceted and will continue to shine bright.