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Now he’ll never turn heel! John Cena wins Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

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LOL Cena wins.

Today (Nov. 29) Sports Illustrated announced that WWE star John Cena will be awarded the 2018 Muhammad Ali Legacy Award in honor of his work as a philanthropist.

“From his unparalleled work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to his support for a wide range of causes ranging from activism for military families to cancer research, John has made personal outreach and generosity of time and spirit his calling cards,” said Sports Illustrated Executive Editor Stephen Cannella. “He might just be the most charitable person in sports, and his dedication to philanthropy richly reflects the spirit of the Ali Legacy Award.”

Past winners of the award include Colin Kaepernick, Jack Nicklaus, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Magic Johnson.

Cena spoke on being named the recipient of the famed SI award.

“I am truly thrilled to receive Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award,” Cena said. “Ali’s commitment to helping others, his dedication to the sport and his generous spirit are incomparable and he was a role model to us all. To be linked with him in any way is an honor that means so much to me.”

When we last heard from Cena he was done filming his movie with Jackie Chan in China and was moving back stateside to promote Bumblebee which comes to theaters next month. WWE also confirmed that the Cena will be wrestling at house shows and three TV events at the end of December and the first two weeks of January.

With two feature films in his back pocket, it looks like Cena’s schedule for early 2019 is opening up a bit. The 2019 Royal Rumble kicks off the road to WrestleMania 35 on Sun., Jan. 27. Assuming John Cena works the event, how would you book the next few months for the former Face That Runs the Place?

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