Boxing icon Muhammad Ali paid a surprise visit to the Baltimore Ravens‘ complex on Sunday. Ali is in Baltimore fundraising for his charity, Generation Ali, according to Garrett Downing of the Ravens team website.
The team watched a video clip of Ali during this morning’s meeting and after practice Jack [Harbaugh] was speaking with them to tell Ali’s famous “What’s My Name?” story from his fight against Ernie Terrel. During the fight, Terrel repeatedly called Ali “Cassius Clay,” which was his name before he converted to Islam. Ali won the fight convincingly and after he would land punches on Terrel, he would shout, “What’s my name?” That story was the basis for the Ravens using “What’s My Name” as their slogan during the 2008 season.
As Jack was telling the story, Ali came out to the practice field on a golf cart and the players formed a huddle around him. They broke the huddle by chanting “champ.”
Needless to say, the Ravens players were pretty amped about meeting Ali.
The Greatest! Muhammad Ali at the Ravens facility!instagr.am/p/PXBTDVuABp/
— Lardarius Webb (@LWebb21) September 9, 2012
— Bobby Rainey (@BobbyRainey) September 9, 2012
Just met a legend. My hands touched the greatest of all time. Muhammad Ali. #Legendary
— Kelechi K Osemele (@KOsevendeuce) September 9, 2012
— VontaLeach44 (@vleach44) September 9, 2012
Muhammad Ali # thegreatest instagr.am/p/PXC7g1jKiI/
— Tandon Doss (@Tandondoss) September 9, 2012
Chillen with the Greatest Of ALL Time!Muhammad AliMonday Nite is Going to be special!!!via.me/-4x4r0l6
— terrell suggs (@untouchablejay4) September 9, 2012