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Athletes join millions in mourning the passing of evangelist Billy Graham

Billy Graham, widely regarded as the most important and well-known Christian evangelist of the 20th century, died at his home in North Carolina on Wednesday at age 99. An immediate outpouring of remembrance and appreciation followed on social media, as the millions moved by Graham’s messages expressed their respect for the man who packed stadiums and utilized media on a global scale to make the Gospel known.

Evangelist Billy Graham speaking at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida, Feb. 11, 1961. / State Library and Archives of Florida, Public Domain

Among the mourners are current and past presidents, whom Graham prayed for and counseled, celebrities, and multiple professional athletes and coaches.

Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins quarterback:

Tim Tebow, outfielder in the New York Mets organization:

Benjamin Watson, Baltimore Ravens tight end:

Blaine Boyer, pitcher in the Kansas City Royals organization:

Tony Dungy, former NFL player and coach:

Sylvia Hatchell, North Carolina women’s basketball head coach:

Tim Horton, running backs coach, Auburn University:

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