Muhammad Ali\'s final fight in December of 1981 (The Courier-Journal-USA TODAY Sports)

Muhammad Ali's final fight in December of 1981 (The Courier-Journal-USA TODAY Sports)



Legendary heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali passed away late Friday night at the age of 74. The iconic athlete had been battling Parkinson's disease for years and was hospitalized in the Phoenix area this week with respiratory issues, per ESPN.

Many mourn the loss of the man still considered to be the greatest athlete of all time. Retired from boxing since 1981, he was entertaining, inspirational, and confident.

San Francisco 49ers players paid their respects to the legendary icon on social media. Here is what some had to say.






#Legend #rip

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R.I.P #MuhammadAli

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REST EZ CHAMP #RIPAli #ripmuhammadali #GOAT thank you for your inspiration...Ali Boombaye‼️

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#Legend #Hero and a better man #Ali

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Even team CEO Jed York paid tribute.