Ali: The Mission
What it's about: Ali will always be remembered for the way he fought in the ring, and for the stance of peace he took against the Vietnam War, giving up his title and three years of his prime to be a conscientious objector. He is the greatest, for more reasons than a film will often allow. This 30 for 30 short focuses on the much lesser known, often unheralded story of when Ali flew to Iraq in 1990, just six weeks before Desert Storm, to broker the release of 15 American civilians being held as "human shields" by Saddam Hussein to deter U.S. strikes.
What it's really about: Diplomacy. Ali was asked by a young boy once what he would do when his career was over. Beyond sleep, his response was simple: "He [God] wants to know how do we treat each other, how do we help each other, so I'm going to dedicate my life to using my name and popularity to helping charities, helping people, uniting people." He lived up to his word, and many, much more than these 15, have him to thank.Back to top