Billions around the world are mourning the loss of former South African President Nelson Mandela, "a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the world towards justice," as President Barack Obama said Thursday.
The sports world joined in remembering him, including some Green Bay Packers players on Twitter.
From wide receiver Randall Cobb:
The power to change the world is in your hands. Thanks to Nelson Mandela for leaving his mark for us to follow. pic.twitter.com/fV8P95t32n— Randall Cobb (@rcobb18) December 5, 2013
From linebacker Andy Mulumba, who comes from Congo:
R.I.P Nelson Mandela!! Thank you for changing so many lives and bringing change when it was needed!! #OneOftheGreatest!!— Andy Mulumba K. (@A49K) December 5, 2013
From running back Kahlil Bell:
Nelson Mandela is gone? Wow. A wonderful man. Rip Mr. Mandela.— Kahlil Bell (@KahlilBell32) December 5, 2013
From defensive end Jerel Worthy:
Sad day. RIP Nelson Mandela! True leader— Big Cheese (@I_AM_Worthy99) December 5, 2013
From running back DuJuan Harris:
RIP Nelson Mandela!!!— DuJuan Harris (@Ol_sLy_Foxx) December 5, 2013
Rookie linebackers Sam Barrington:
Nelson Mandela..A man whose name will ring bells for eternity. RIP and thank you.— Sam Barrington (@Sam_Barrington_) December 5, 2013
Mandela's effect on the world even reached the world of sports.
He helped bridge the gap between black and white South Africans in 1995 with the 1995 World Cup Rugby tournament, held in his native land. A more-united nation stood behind the team which won the event.
In a 2006 speech, Nelson Mandela spoke about the power of sports. "Sport has the power to change the world." pic.twitter.com/NfLQ3mROsZ— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 5, 2013