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Mandela's appearance was awe-inspiring

Updated: July 11, 2010, 2:49 PM ET

Posted by Jemele Hill

JOHANNESBURG -- One of the golden rules of journalism is that you never, ever cheer in the press box.

I willingly broke that rule before Sunday's World Cup final when Nelson Mandela made his appearance at Soccer City.

I clapped for the 91-year-old Mandela, who was driven around the field on a golf cart as the crowd cheered enthusiastically and blew vuvuzelas. He's someone I've idolized my entire life, and I never could have dreamed ...

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