Rob Burrow was an inspiration on and off the pitch for one thing

Tran Hanh
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June 03, 2024

Rob Burrow, 41, was an inspiration to the human race – the Leeds Rhinos legend lost his battle with MND (Motor Neurone Disease) disease on Sunday afternoon

Rob Burrow of Leeds Rhinos runs with the ball during the Stobart Super League match between Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on February 1, 2013 in Leeds, England.
Rob Burrow, 41, has died (Image: Getty Images)

Rob Burrow was an inspiration to the human race – both on AND off the pitch.

One of the Rugby League greats of his generation, winning eight Grand Finals, three World Club Challenges and two Challenge Cups.

But it will be inevitable that Burrow, 41, will also be remembered for what he achieved after hanging up his boots. Because, believe me, I’ve witnessed first hand the true horrors Motor Neurone Disease inflicts on those unfortunate to have it.

And the courage, determination and bravery it takes to fight it. Burrow had all of the above in spades, meeting the battle with MND head on to raise awareness of the cruel illness.

This meant letting people into his life for a glimpse of the stark realities him and his family had to face. He once sat the top of his sport, but ended his life stripped of his dignity by something which refuses to discriminate.

Rob Burrow
Rob Burrow was diagnosed with MND in 2019 (Image: PA)

But he did so with a big smile on his face.

He did so with a determination to make sure the fight others he now leaves behind still have, might just be that little bit easier in the future because of him.

Giving up was never in his DNA. This makes the likeable Burrow an example to us all when it comes to dealing with adversity.

He leaves behind a huge legacy, not just for his achievements as a player, but those as a man in general. Only special people can lay claim to this – and Burrow was one of a kind.

RIP mate. You will be forever missed.

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