Calls for naming League Leaders’ Shield after Rob Burrow

The League Leaders’ Shield should be renamed in recognition of Rob Burrow, according to Sky Sports pundit Barrie McDermott.

Burrow has announced that he has recently been diagnosed with motor neurone disease – just two years after retiring from the game.

A fund to help the 37-year-old in his fight against MND has exceeded the £200,000 mark. To donate, click here.

In his column for Sky Sports, McDermott wrote: “Knowing Rob really well, he’ll probably wonder why there should be an accolade named after him, but I think it’s absolutely perfect, fitting and right that we look at naming the League Leaders’ Shield after a man who has won it three times and allow him to be part of that celebration of achievement for as long as he wants.

“Why not do it sooner rather than later, whether it goes to a public vote or a group of people within Super League.

“This step in itself would promote awareness about MND, encourage people to learn more about the disease and hopefully encourage people to donate to the fund set up to raise money for both Rob’s family and MND research.

“But I don’t think you will find many against us choosing to name the Shield after someone who is held in such high regard, such a positive role model and in a way will serve as a continual reminder of his legacy on and off the field.”

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