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The term “greatest” doesn’t apply to many. But when referencing the late heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali, “greatest” is just another word describing his lifestyle, purpose and unmatched talent.

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life,” Ali once said.

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On January 20, 1981, he performed in fact the most courageous act of heroism: saving a suicidal man from jumping off of a 9-story Los Angeles building.

“I’m your brother,” Ali said. While police, a psychologist and a minister had given up on the 21-year-old distraught man, Ali continued to offer life-saving advice.

For a long 20 minutes, he uplifted his “brother,” staring into his dark brown eyes from the window of the neighboring room.

“I want to help you!” Ali continued. “You’re my brother. I love you and I wouldn’t lie to you. You got to listen. I want you to come home with me, meet some friends of mine.”

The man listened carefully to Ali’s words. He climbed through the window to safety and never looked back, finding hope in the word “brother.”

Moments such as these only contribute to the legacy Muhammad Ali left behind.

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