The death of actor Chadwick Boseman shocked the world on Friday night, and that included the sports world.
Through some of the most iconic and empowering roles ever held by a Black actor, few in the entertainment world held as much meaning as Boseman did to athletes and teams. In a career that ended far too early, Boseman played Jackie Robinson in “42,” King T’Challa in “Black Panther,” Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall” and James Brown in “Get on Up.”
Some of those roles were even performed after Boseman received the colon cancer diagnosis in 2016 that eventually led to his death.
Athlete after athlete, as well as some of the teams Boseman suited up for in his films, mourned the loss of an actor whose greatness extended well beyond his films.
Sports world mourns Chadwick Boseman
From playing legendary figures to becoming one, we’ll never forget your iconic performance as Jackie Robinson and your many inspiring roles. You will be missed, Chadwick Boseman. pic.twitter.com/NY2sKMcJIb— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 29, 2020
Vontae Mack no matter what. 💔— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 29, 2020
RIP, Chadwick. https://t.co/SjqroilzJe
Denver Broncos (@Broncos) August 29, 2020
Gotta cherish life. Live out your dreams. You want to do something do it. Time won’t always be on your side!!! https://t.co/vErnQ0uSev— 10 (@SimplyAJ10) August 29, 2020
Rest in power @chadwickboseman !! Your legacy will live forever. 2020 man, been a tough one 💔— klay thompson (@KlayThompson) August 29, 2020
I’m a grown man now, but I never had superheroes that I remember looking up to. Chadwick Boseman was my Superhero when I watched Black Panther 🙌🏾 He seemed like a great man and gave a lot of hope and inspiration to young black children. RIP @chadwickboseman! pic.twitter.com/R212oxi32e— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) August 29, 2020
I met you at the premier of 42 in Pittsburgh in 2013. Even though you were in the spotlight and all eyes were on you, I remember you saying, “I’m that one that’s starstruck by all of these athletes here.” That’s the man you were. Humble. You will be missed. RIP Chadwick Boseman pic.twitter.com/ypJc1yUq9p— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) August 29, 2020
I woke up today to the sad news, our super hero passed away. I’m so grateful I got to meet you brother. Thank you for all you have done for us. Rest in Power, you were the best of us and will never be forgotten. Love, light and prayers I send to you and your family pic.twitter.com/9sKD3jZP3G— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) August 29, 2020
I want to dedicate this pole to Chadwick. What he accomplished and the legacy he left is so incredible to me. He’s inspired a whole generation of young black men and women and provided them with a true superhero to look up to. Rest in power my friend.#WakandaForever #blackpanther pic.twitter.com/M7EgGess9p— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) August 29, 2020
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