Greatest of All Time by Taylor Harris

1 Dec

Who we know as Muhammad Ali, real name Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., was born on January 17, 1942, in Louisville, KY. At a young age Mr. Ali realized that one day he “…was going to be the heavyweight champion of the world.” And as of today he still believes he is, and always will be, the best.

Growing up, Muhammad’s parents taught him and his brother that they could be the best at anything they did, and Muhammad believed every word of that. He would challenge his neighborhood friends in many contests, like a foot race. The advantage that Muhammad had, and no one else did, was that he knew that he was going to win every single time and that losing wasn’t an option. He’d take any chance he could during his high school years to go on about how one day he was going to be the heavyweight champion of the world. Little did his classmates know that that one-day would actually come.

Muhammad Ali didn’t just gain his skills over night he worked hard for them. Part of his training was running down Fourth Street spreading the word that he was going to be the heavyweight champion. “I never thought of the possibility of failing – only of the fame and glory I was going to get when I won”. The fact that Mr. Ali

believed he was going to win every single time helped him conquer over all his opponents. His determination ended up being stronger than any of his competitor’s skills.

In 1984, Muhammad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking and difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination. Since then, his symptoms have worsened and his ability to talk in audible tones has decreased. Knowing that Muhammad believed in himself at a young age you wouldn’t think that anything could strike his confidence, but this did. He didn’t let it crush his confidence though, he still continued to live the way he wanted to.

Nicknamed “The Greatest”, and known as the best, Muhammad Ali saw a dream and chased it. He trained hard, and had absolutely no doubt in his mind that he wouldn’t get to where he wanted to be. No matter what condition he is in Muhammad Ali is, and always will be, the best. “Nothing in life has defeated me. I am still the ‘Greatest,’ This I believe.”

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One Response to “Greatest of All Time by Taylor Harris”

  1. Sydney Hubbard December 3, 2012 at 4:11 am #

    This story really stood out to me because you really explained how he wouldnt give up no matter what he had to go through. I think you did a great job explaining how he was always very determined and never second guessed himself.

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