Nelson Mandela's death reverberates throughout the sporting world
DEC 05, 2013 6:44p ET
The news of Nelson Mandela's death Thursday at age 95 swept perhaps most swiftly through Twitter, where the sports world was, like the rest of planet Earth, mourning the loss of one of the most inspiring and influential figures of our time.
From Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson to Robert Griffin III, Dikembe Mutombo and everybody in between, the major sports figures took a moment to express their appreciation of Mandela's life and deeds.
Muhammad Ali on Mandela: "He taught us forgiveness on a grand scale. His was a spirit born free, destined to soar above the rainbows."— Major Garrett (@MajorCBS) December 5, 2013
Condolences to all on the passing of our beloved Father of the South African Nation, Nelson Mandela. Madiba we loved you. Rest in Peace.— Gary Player (@garyplayer) December 5, 2013
R.I.P to one of our WARRIORS!! The Great Nelson Mandela.— Eddie George (@EddieGeorge2727) December 5, 2013
Met the great man & knew it was imminent but still a shock RIP Nelson Mandela a victory for everyone everywhere to forgive but not forget— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) December 5, 2013
Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela. We will never forget the role you played in our country, in our sport, and for that we are eternally grateful.— South African Rugby (@bokrugby) December 5, 2013
Both teams will be observing a minute's silence & wearing black armbands in memory of Nelson Mandela.— England Cricket (@ECB_cricket) December 5, 2013
I was so blessed to travel to South Africa,and witness firsthand the spirit of change that Mandela bestowed on the world.— Derrick Brooks (@DBrooks55) December 5, 2013
Great people make the world better for all of man kind not just one country, race or group. Mandela did it as well as anyone. RIP!— Frank Martin (@FrankMartin_SC) December 5, 2013