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“Inspirational” – Alan Shearer pays tribute to Rob Burrow with touching message

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It’s an emotional night at Headingley as Leeds Rhinos and the sport of rugby league pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Rob Burrow on Global Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Day.

It’s fitting that the first game to be played after the sad passing of Rob Burrow is Leeds’ home game against Leigh, a game that was always meant to be a tribute to him, but one that has extra emotion after his sad passing just under three weeks ago.

Burrow passed away aged 41 after a four-and-a-half-year battle with Motor Neurone Disease following his diagnosis back in December 2019. Throughout those four-and-a-half years, he inspired millions and helped raise millions to combat the awful disease.

Tonight, Headingly remembers Rob Burrow and that’s seen messages come in from sportspeople far and wide including former teammates of Rob’s, but also players from other sports such is the reach of the amazing man.

One of those is Alan Shearer, the all-time Premier League top goalscorer, who paid tribute to Burrow with some touching words.

Rob Burrow to be ‘remembered forever’

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Shearer has been an advocate and campaigner for MND awareness for some time and offered his own tribute to the Leeds Rhinos legend. In a pre-recorded video, given he is at the Euros in Germany, Shearer sent a touching message to the Headingley faithful.

He said: “I’d just like to join everyone at Headingley tonight in paying tribute to the amazing Rob Burrow who was an extraordinary rugby league player but who went on to capture the heart of the nation with his incredible approach to living with MND.

“Inspirational is often an overused word but Rob was certainly that. His bravery, his fight to increase awareness of MND and his refusal to give in to the terrible disease was just staggering.

“We can all take so much from Rob’s life. He was a little warrior, both on and off the pitch. I was so lucky to have spent some time with him last year and Leeds and Rugby League and the sporting world at large will remember him forever.”

Other tributes came from former teammates Danny Buderus, Danny McGuire, Keith Senior and of course Barrie McDermott and Jamie Jones-Buchanan in what has been some absolutely brilliant coverage from Sky Sports in front of a packed-out Headingley.

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