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Rob Burrow given lovely tribute at NFL match

It’s the time of year when the NFL comes to England and plenty of famous faces from these shores find themselves watching and one of rugby league’s legends today attended the NFL held at Tottenham Hotspur’s new ground.

It’s been documented before just how much Rob Burrow loves the NFL. When he was first diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, Sky Sports did an awful lot for Burrow including giving him a Seattle Seahawks shirt – his favourite team – and tickets to go watch the 2020 Super Bowl.

So, it’s no surprise to see him in attendance today along with the likes of Scott Taylor.

Burrow no doubt enjoyed the experience as a massive NFL fan but the day got even better for the former Leeds number seven when the whole stadium gave him a massive tribute as the stadium announcer described him as “one of the greatest rugby league players in history” noting how he’s “inspired millions over the last two years” and his ambitions to raise money and awareness in the fight against Motor Neurone Disease. As they did, his famous try against St Helens in the 2011 Grand Final was shown on the big screen as the whole stadium applauded the legend of a man.

The entire moment was captured by Johnny Orbell on Twitter and has since circulated around social media no doubt helping Burrow in his quest to raise awareness.

The NFL has a huge platform both in America and overseas, so the fact they were willing to use this and help Burrow in his fight is a lovely touch and one that will again support Burrow’s ambition of taking on such an awful disease.

Moreover, it’s quite fitting that the event should take place at the New White Hart Lane with the Challenge Cup Final being held their next year. Burrow himself a historic figure in rugby league and a two-time winner of the trophy, the ground will again be steeped in rugby league legend in 2022 for the showpiece event and hopefully it will also be used to raise awareness about MND.

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