Posted December 06, 2013 on AP on Fox
The first time he met Nelson Mandela, Gary Player got on his knees and kissed the former political prisoner's feet. Remembering his ''very tearful'' first encounter with Mandela, the nine-time major winner paused Friday to compose himself and hold back more tears. Mandela, the beloved former South African president and Nobel laureate, died Thursday at 95. Renowned as a fierce competitor on the golf course, Player was invited to meet Mandela at his office in Johannesburg after the anti-apartheid leader's release after 27 years in prison. But he didn't expect to do what he did, Player said. ''I knelt down and I kissed his feet and I said, `I have never kissed anybody's feet in my life,' and I said, `I have so much admiration for you.' I said to him, `It is remarkable, how can you not have revenge?''' Mandela's reply, according to Player, was: ''You have got to start a new life and forgive and go ahead.'' Player, speaking at the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City, said Mandela's...
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