Muhammad Ali's impact on the sports world -- and the world in general -- was tremendous and unmatched by an athlete of his or any day. He was more than just the greatest boxer of all time. Ali was a transcendent figure that changed the perception of athletes and showed the power and impact they can have in effecting real world change.

Following news of his passing at age 74, the sports world stopped in its tracks to remember the legend by celebrating his life and numerous accomplishments in and out of the boxing ring.

Athletes, leagues, sports personalities and media members flooded social media with condolences and remembrances of favorite photos, quotes and stories of Ali's tremendous life and career.

George Foreman:

Oscar De La Hoya:

Mike Tyson:

So many shared the iconic photo of Ali by Neil Leifer of Sports Illustrated:

UFC star Jon Jones:

Clippers coach Doc Rivers:

UFC fighter Jose Aldo:

NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith:

NFL Hall of Famer Barry Sanders:

Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans:

UFC president Dana White:

Nationals star Bryce Harper:

The best there ever was and ever will be! Rest easy, Champ #ALI

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Boxing star Gennady Golovkin:

Boxer Canelo Alvarez:

Retired boxer Roy Jones Jr.

Giants star Odell Beckham Jr.:

Texans star JJ Watt

Golden Boy Promotions:

Pirates star Andrew McCutchen:

The Phoenix Suns:

Former Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard:

Another iconic photo of Ali:

And some of Ali's greatest quotes: