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'Greatest': Bucs players mourn passing of Muhammad Ali

Mike Evans tweeted: "RIP Ali one of the greatest and most inspirational athletes of all time!" tweeted receiver Mike Evans, along with a photo of a tattoo of the iconic fighter on his left forearm. "#FloatLikeAButterfly."

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Mike Evans tweeted: "RIP Ali one of the greatest and most inspirational athletes of all time!" tweeted receiver Mike Evans, along with a photo of a tattoo of the iconic fighter on his left forearm. "#FloatLikeAButterfly."

As the world mourned the loss overnight of sports legend Muhammad Ali at age 74, many Bucs players turned to social media to remember a man who inspired generations of athletes, in life as he did in sports.

"RIP Ali one of the greatest and most inspirational athletes of all time!" tweeted receiver Mike Evans, along with a photo of a tattoo of the iconic fighter on his left forearm. "#FloatLikeAButterfly."

Ali has left a lasting impact on current and former players, like Hall of Famer and former Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks, who wrote "My heart hurts but my spirit is grateful that I have seen the work of Muhammad Ali inside and outside the boxing ring that change the world!"

Ali's most memorable quotes carry even more weight with his death, and Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston tweeted one echoing as much as any today: "Don't count the days make the days count."

Ali's impact transcended boxing to all sports, and Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy tweeted this morning: "Still can't believe Ali! I watch his training videos and boxing matches all the time for inspiration and motivation. Wow man!! The GOAT!!"

[Last modified: Saturday, June 4, 2016 11:14am]

    

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