Muhammad Ali is an example of an athlete who used politics in sports to advocate for the Civil Rights movement and protest the war. As an Olympic gold medalist, heavy weight titlist, and many other victories, he used the fame for humanitarian efforts. Ali refused to serve in Vietnam due to his religion and as a result, he was stripped of his 1967 title. He retired in 1981 with an incredible 59 wins and five losses, but he will always known as symbol of courage, will power and strength, not for his career milestones, but for breaking racial barriers.
The first African American to play Major League baseball once said, “a life is not important, except in the impact it has on other lives”; this was, of course, Jackie Robinson. Similar to Muhammad Ali, he faced problems head on a...
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...ese militaristic ideals is just a way to show the utmost respect for our military. At the beginning of each sporting event all the players and fans, despite their teams/affiliations, join together to sign the National Anthem. This is to say we are all Americans first and players/fans second. For this short moment, football does not matter; neither does corporatism or commercials, but for this instant we are celebrating America and those who fight for our freedom.
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