Remembering Muhammad Ali
Late Friday night Muhammad Ali passed away in the presence of his friends and family. Ali, who is considered the greatest Boxer of all-time, had a 56-5 record during his career. But outside of his legend as an athlete he is an inspirational figure for many because he took a stand for civil rights, athlete's right, and a symbol of hope for those diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.
Tim Shanahan, a friend and confidant of Muhammad Ali for over 40 years, joined Mike Gill on Tuesday and gave great perspective as to how Ali handled being diagnosed with Parkinson's:
"The reason that his family and friends handled his Parkinson's (Disease) so well is because he did, he handled it with dignity. Any setback that he ever had in life he faced it with a practical knowledge that he's going to fight it and it is a challenge for him. So when he got Parkinson's, the doctors said...he had ten years to live and he said 'Well god gave me Parkinson's so I could shut up and become more spiritual. So every day god is going to test me and I'm going to pass that test every day.' In 2006 I called him and said 'Muhammad how are you really feeling? You know you got Parkinson's, it's ten years later.' He said 'Remember the UCLA doctors told me I had Parkinson's and I had ten years to live? Well I'm still in the fight and I shocked the world again! I'm gonna go the distance....'"
Hear what Shanahan had to say about who Ali was outside of the ring and gives an intimate account of Ali's last hours with his family before he passed away