WDRB's Eric Crawford remembers the legacy of Muhammad Ali

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- WDRB's Eric Crawford shared a special tribute to the man Louisvillians call "The Greatest" -- boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

"Nobody really had seen anything like it when heĀ first started," Crawford said of Ali's technique. "The thing for him as a heavyweight -- he was so fast. He not only had tremendous foot speed, but his jabs were very fast -- his punches. He got them off so quickly."

"I got to meet him three or four times, and of course, by the time I got around to doing that, he was struggling a lot with Parkinson's disease. I'll remember being at the Orange Bowl when U of L's football team went there, and they brought him in for a fundraiser and we all got to meet him and shake his hand. That was probably the most special time."

"I went to a Duke University game with the Bellarmine basketball team, and they went through all of that -- had a great experience of playing at Duke," he said. "We get back to the airport -- we're getting off the plane -- and there is Ali and Lonnie and a couple of people standing there waiting to get on the next plane to wherever they were going. And they players went by and shook his hand. And Scott Davenport looked at me and said, 'Wow -- the highlight of the trip is getting back home.'"

To watch more of Crawford's tribute, click on the video above.

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