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Culture Race and Heroes The Case of Muhammad AliSociety in most instances refers to heroes as those who display grace poise and celebrated prestige under tremendous pressure and watchful eyes of the public Sports heroes often say that their sport is a business and that they treat the game as a job Many however do not realize that their jobs continue to exist within their personal lives There are so many gifted athletes whose achievements within their respective sports are truly amazing yet when the game is over they conduct themselves in a disgracefully selfish manner Growing up my heroes were of course Wayne Gretzky Micky Mantle Brett Favre and Micheal Jordan These are all respected athletes with major endorsements and charities which serve as terrific tax write-offs who believe they do their part to help the less fortunate However could they ever be considered heroes in the same capacity as Muhammad Ali is considered a hero The article argues that Jordan is the first new-aged athlete and that Ali could have been except that he competed in the sport of boxing which was considered far too violent for a younger generation His political views were also a major factor Oriard p 6 It also suggests that a hero should be measured by the extent of his fame Oriard p7 When Ali shouted I am the greatest It changed the manner in which professional athletes presented themselves It opened the door for end zone and post goal celebrations as well as all of the trash talk that occurs in virtually every sport played today True sportsmanship had been tainted and changed forever Eventhough the sports were still team oriented players began to care more about their own individual situations and less about the teams situation Alis case however was drastically different Although he was involved in a violent sport away from the gym and the ring he was very much a gentle giant Ali was
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