Sports Illustrated handed out its end-of-year awards at an event in New York City on Tuesday night, and Will Smith was in attendence to celebrate the renamaing of the Legacy Award for Muhammad Ali.
After presenting the award to this year’s recipient, Jack Nicklaus, Smith took a moment to talk with SI Now’s Maggie Gray about his time with Ali as well as his feelings about Sportsperson of the Year winner Serena Williams.
The Concussion star said the 21-time major champion “represents the accomplishing of the impossible. She should not exist. If you check the numbers, you can‘t make a Serena Williams out of the ingredients that Serena and Venus Williams were made from. So she represents a beacon of possibility.”
Williams won three of the four Grand Slam events while amassing a 53-3 record and over $10.5 million in winnings in 2015.
– Brendan Maloy