Louisville confirmed its plan to honor Muhammad Ali at its football game Saturday against No. 2 Florida State by unveiling a helmet sticker to be worn by Cardinals players.
Ali, a Louisville native, won the heavyweight title three times during his boxing career and also was a champion of social justice. He died in June at the age of 74 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.
The sticker appropriately is in the shape of a butterfly with the name "ALI" in red letters in the middle. One of Ali's famous catchphrases during his career was "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."
Louisville also announced that Ali's wife, Lonnie, will be at the game.
“The Ali Family has been tremendous supporters of our program,” athletic director Tom Jurich said. “Muhammad Ali’s presence and generosity to our department will never be forgotten, and the support Lonnie and her family have given in all aspects have meant a lot to me during the course of my career at the University of Louisville. They are treasured in our community, and we wanted to properly thank them for everything they’ve meant to the city and the university.”
Special video tributes and highlights of Ali’s life and career will also be featured throughout the game.
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