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Stevo pays tribute to ‘beep beep’ Rob Burrow with heart-warming poem

Rob Burrow

Mike Stephenson, or ‘Stevo’, has paid a beautiful tribute to the late legend of our game, Rob Burrow.

Stevo was a commentator for all but Rob Burrow’s final season of his career, as his final game commentating was the 2016 Grand Final, a year before Burrow’s own final game in the 2017 Grand Final.

Speaking on his podcast with Eddie Hemmings, he said: “A truly sad day for rugby league and sport in general.

“Rob was a wonderful player, an outstanding character, who for all the world looked too small and fragile to play in our  body contact sport.

“Many suggested he wasn’t big enough to make his mark, but those doubters soon learned of this man’s ability both on and off the field of play.

“It’s difficult to choose one word to define his career.

“He was fast, courageous, tough, a star, when in fact, it was all those wrapped up into what we call a legend.”

Kevin Sinfield (r) with Rob Burrow after completing his Extra Mile Challenge of 101 miles in under 24hrs.

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Stevo hails Rob Burrow as ‘one of the very best’

“His fight against MND was a lesson to us all to never give in, to smile in troubled times, and to give hope to all those sufferers that one day a cure will be found for this cruel disease.

“During many years as a commentator, I often referred to him as Beep Beep the Road Runner. He was fast, he was a hard man to catch.

“Scoring some amazing tries, he was small in stature but a giant of our game, one of the very best.

“A man who touched the hearts of every rugby league fan and the respect of anyone connected to the greatest game of all, we will never forget the little maestro.

“Rest in peace my friend.”

The podcast episode was a special one to remember Rob Burrow, and Stevo ended it with a poem he wrote himself.

It finished with the words, “His memory will live on, of that, we all know, is certain.”

You can watch it here.

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