Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow has given yet another rousing and emotional speech after it was confirmed that his documentary has been named ‘Sports Documentary of the Year’ and the Broadcast Sports Awards.
Burrow was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in December 2019 and immediately took to the BBC to share his story in the hope of raising awareness surrounding MND. In the almost four years since that first televised appearance Burrow and those around him have raised millions to combat the disease.
The Rhinos legend has taken the same spirit with which he played, always aiming up and willing to fight despite the odds against him given his stature, and taken that into his fight against MND. It’s also served to inspire people, just like his on-field performances did, with millions raised in his name.
To document his journey and help further raise awareness Burrow and his family partnered with BBC Breakfast to produce their documentary ‘Rob Burrow: Living with MND’, and now that documentary is being recognised having been named Sports Documentary of the Year at the Broadcast Sports Awards.
It’s a major honour and one that will once again thrust the fight against MND back into the spotlight, with Burrow and wife Lindsey having now thanked those involved in the award process.
In a video shared to X by BBC Breakfast, Lindsey introduces Rob’s acceptance speech: “Hi everyone, it’s Lindsey and Rob Burrow and we just want to say a huge thank you for this award. Here’s a few words from Rob.”
Rob added: “I am truly grateful to have won this award as there were some brilliant nominees. I am just a lad from Yorkshire who got to live out his dream of playing rugby league.
“I accept this award on behalf of everyone living with Motor Neurone Disease and for all those people who will be diagnosed in the future that need out help.
“On behalf of the Burrow family I would like to say a huge heartfelt thank you to the BBC Breakfast team, without them none of this would be possible.
“I would also like to thank my wife Lindsey and my incredible family who give me all the reasons I need to live.
“My final message to you tonight is that whatever your personal battle is, be brave and face it. Life is precious, live every day to the fullest.”
“We will accept this award tonight for everyone living with motor neurone disease.”
— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) November 3, 2023
Burrow, his family and the BBC Breakfast team were handed the award at last night’s ceremony with fellow winners including Anthon Joshua, Ricky Hatton and Rio Ferdinand among a number of sporting legends.
Burrow’s next venture will see him take to the podcasting world with his podcast ‘Seven’ set to be released on BBC Sounds on November 8th, with seven separate episodes featuring seven different sporting icons to be released. The first of those has been confirmed as being former England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.