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Cam Newton: ‘How I’ll remember Ali’

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton jokes while warming up during the team's organized team activities practice on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton jokes while warming up during the team's organized team activities practice on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

After the news of Muhammad Ali’s death broke, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton went to the Players’ Tribune online site to post a personal recollection. He noted that he’d always admired Ali and his ability to have fun as an athlete and then went on to share the following story:

“One of the most memorable moments in my life – one that I will always cherish – was when I received a surprise birthday call from Muhammad Ali. I could not have been more in shock and in awe. He finished the surprise birthday call in true Ali fashion. He said, ‘You might be a good football player, but you will never be as pretty as me!’”

In February, after the Panthers’ Super Bowl loss, Newton posted a photo of himself on Instagram standing next to an Ali inspirational photo.

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