RIP Champ!!! He definitely was one of my childhood heroes. I still remember watching him leaving the L.A. Coliseum after a Raiders game. Grown men my dad's age had surrounded him trying to get his autograph. I did get an autograph from him just for my dad. I definitely cherished that moment watching my childhood hero mingle among the people while other celebrities seek their privacy. I felt like that 7, 8, 9 year old kid again who loved watching one of Muhammad Ali fights on T.V.
Front row: Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (formerly Lew Alcindor). Back row: Mayor Carl Stokes, Walter Beach, Bobby Mitchell, Sid Williams, Curtis McClinton, Willie Davis, Jim Shorter and John Wooten. This photo was taken in Cleveland, Ohio in 1967 and was a group of athletes that met to support Muhammad Ali's decision to not go fight in the Vietnam War after being drafted.