after honoring his legacy over the past week I have really been humbled by what an incredible feat he performed. He was carrying the burden for an entire people and he was hounded by many wishing his failure. He didn't just triumph, but did it magnificently. He avoided an ugly incident and had a HOF career. I wonder if the huge burden he carried contributed to his health problems and untimely death at an early age. He carried the dual burden of attempting to succeed on the field while not responding to the insults and taunts he was subjected to. I think most would have wilted under the pressure, thankfully he did not.

Kudos to one of the great Americans of the 20th century.