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Athletes Respond To Nelson Mandela's Death

The sports world reacts on Twitter to the death of South Africa's iconic President.

South Africa's Iconic President Nelson Mandela passed away on Thursday at the age of 95. Different athletes took to twitter to give their condolences to the worldwide icon.

"R.I.P. Nelson Mandela. Perfect example of a man that fulfilled his purpose. Thank you," tweeted Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith.

Mandela made his mark in sports world as he used sports to unite a divided nation. Mandela used rugby, which was South Africa's most celebrated sport, to show how blacks and whites could come together to reach a common goal. 

"Sports has the power to change the world...the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does," Mandela once said. 

After the news broke of Mandela's passing athletes from across the nation praised Mandela for spending his life fighting for equality. One USC athlete tweeted out how Mandela will continue to impact his life.

"Thanks for the name Nelson Mandela. I will continue to affiliate it with positive things," said USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor. 

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