Who is the greatest ever? I'm talking in the sports world. When you think of the greatest of all-time, you will always think of Muhammad Ali. Ali passed away not to long ago. he was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. from Louisville, Kentucky. He won a gold medal on 1960. His professional record was 56 wins, 5 losses, 37 knockouts.

Now, there could be many different choices besides Ali. Like, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Tiger Woods, Jessie Owens, Jim Thorpe, Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan, Lance Armstrong, Michael Phelps, Joe Montana, Usain Bolt, Jack Nicklaus, Earvin Johnson, Serena Williams, Vince Lombardi and John Wooden. There are so many people you can put on a list of pure greatness.

This country loves lists. I don't think you can name just one individual who is the greatest. When Muhammad Ali beat Sonny Liston twice he self proclaimed himself "The Greatest of All-Time". Ali, will always be in the discussion. It seems like in our history of sports most of these people were controversial and polarizing. Because to attain greatness you have to have a large confidence level.

I was lucky enough to meet and hang out with Ali a few years back at his compound in Berrien Springs , Michigan. That will be a couple visits I will never forget. But, the question remains who is the greatest ever?

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