The world lost an icon this week when former South African president Nelson Mandela died at 95.
His life touched many, including some of the Cleveland Browns from afar.
Here is a sampling of reaction:
Quarterback Jason Campbell: “He’s a guy that all of us have admired, especially what he had to go through. He never gave up and just kept pressing on. That’s one thing you take from a guy like him. No matter how rough some patches look or how dim things look, you have to keep pressing on.”
Tight end Jordan Cameron: “He did so much for South Africa and the world. I send prayers to his family. It’s a tremendous loss.”
Wide receiver Davone Bess: “He’s an icon. A guy I’ve absolutely always admired just because of what he stood for. He was a positive guy who wanted to make a difference and did it the right way.”
Safety T.J. Ward: “Oh man ... we lost an icon. He’s done so much for humanity, period, not just blacks. The suffering he had to go through, the sacrifices. We lost a great man. This should open a lot of people’s eyes that if you don’t know much about him it should make you interested to learn what he did, not just for South Africa but for the entire world. The man is an icon. And a hero.”