Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow says he “wouldn’t be here” without his family

Last night Rob Burrow won the Helen Rollason award for 2022.

As his fight against Motor Neurone Disease enters its fourth year, Burrow has been recognised during the Sports Personality of the Year Awards on BBC tonight with the Helen Rollason award.

Helen was a sports journalist and presenter for BBC and battled cancer at the end of her life and that spirit is embodied in Burrow as he continues to fight MND.

Burrow’s award was followed by a special award being given to Kevin Sinfield, Burrow’s good friend and former teammate.

Sinfield has raised millions in the fight against MND running seven marathons in seven days in 2020, 101 miles in 24 hours in 2021 and in November ran seven ultramarathons in a week.

Together they have helped lead the fight against MND and inspire the MND community especially in the wake of the late great Doddie Weir’s passing.

After receiving the award, Burrow was keen to highlight the role his family has played in his journey:

“I would not be here without my family’s support, you are looking at me now, you wouldn’t know how hard it is to get here.

“I’m sure you know from the documentary’s how fantastic and beautiful my wife Lindsey is.

“She is inspirational. My kids are what he is all about and that is why I will not give up.”

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