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Muhammad Ali pays visit to Ravens

As the Ravens finished up their final full practice before their season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night, they welcomed a visitor who left some of their players in awe.

Legendary boxing champion Muhammad Ali took in today’s practice at the Under Armour Performance Center. Wearing a purple Ravens’ T-shirt, the 70-year-old watched practice from a golf cart.

He then posed for pictures with coach John Harbaugh, who traced Ali’s right hand on a notepad. Several players took to their Twitter accounts to express admiration for Ali.

Here’s a sampling:

Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo: “Muhammad Ali thank you for making athletes public figures capable of shaping the world!

More Ayanbadejo: “I met Muhammad Ali today. A man that took a stand for what he believed in. How coincidental I meet him this week! #hero #inspiration

Running back Bobby Rainey: “Life changing moment  5 min ago! I got the chance to meet the Greatest, MUHAMMAD ALI!!!!! The originator of #WhatsMyName WOW!!!!! #Blessed

More Rainey: “Starstruck!!!!!! Shook the hand that knocked out ppl & also helped ppl!!!! What a honor!!!”

Wide receiver Torrey Smith: “I can't believe I had the honor of meeting this man...thank you @Ravens for this memory”

Cornerback Lardarius Webb: I can't believe I met Muhammad Ali. #inshock

Injured linebacker Terrell Suggs: “Chillen with the Greatest Of ALL Time! Muhammad Ali Monday Nite is Going to be special!!!”

Offensive Tackle Bryant McKinnie: “Wow! We just had the honor 2 meet Muhammad Ali 2day after practice. #Legend #Greatness

And finally fullback Vonta Leach: “I met the G.O.A.T. today what a great honor just to shake his hand. #inspired #history#respect”


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