Kevin Sinfield defied the odds time and time again as a player as Leeds Rhinos’ legendary skipper.
This was perhaps best summarised in 2012 as he was crowned the world’s best player when he was awarded the Golden Boot after he led Leeds to a sixth Super League title.
This came after he had been hit in the head twice, but it didn’t shake him neither did the pain he was suffering at the end of his latest seven in seven challenge to raise awareness and money in the fight against motor neurone disease after teammate Rob Burrow was diagnosed in December 2019.
Sadly, the disease took legendary figure Doddie Weir yesterday.
Sinfield has done three challenges raising £7 million including £2.1 million with his latest challenge which concluded at Old Trafford last Saturday.
But going into the final days, Sinfield was struggling with his achilles likely brought on by the fact he had been to a funding event after a run on Thursday.
Making matters worse, Sinfield has also revealed recently that he has also been suffering with his knees.
However, he has, in his words, found “what I was put on this Earth for.”
He elaborated: “When I finished playing, I was pretty adamant that my rugby career wouldn’t define the rest of my life, I didn’t quite know how or where I would find this next little bit.
“I’m delighted that I’ve found it, but it is in such tragic circumstances and if I could change I would but I can’t so we have to try and make the best of it.
“My big message is that we can all do a little bit, you don’t have to do seven ultramarathons, then you can support this and try and help people.”