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70 reasons to celebrate Muhammad Ali

He turns 70 on Tuesday, and he's still "The Greatest." How? Let us count the ways.

Updated: January 18, 2012, 6:20 PM ET
By Tim Keown | ESPN.com

Editor's note: This column contains language some readers might find offensive.

Every American, of almost any age, has a Muhammad Ali story. I was 10 years old when he fought George Foreman in the Rumble in the Jungle, and it seemed like the biggest sporting event in history. Unlike a similar event today, which would include round-the-clock televised reports, this spectacle took place entirely in the imagination; we could read about it, but it was an exotic event in an exotic place, and ...

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