Rob Burrow has been hailed as an incredible role model as he continues his very public fight to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease.
The Rhinos legend has been highlighting the devastating effects of the cruel disease and was recently awarded an MBE for his work alongside his glittering rugby league career.
Rob Burrow the perfect dad
And speaking on The Big Interview on the Love Rugby League Podcast, his former Grand-Final winning team mate Brad Singleton paid a glowing tribute to the club’s iconic number seven.
Singleton, who tasted Grand Final glory alongside Burrow in 2015 and 2017, said: “He’s just an incredible role model as a dad. If you were a kid he would be the perfect dad.
“I went to see Rob a while ago and I text him now and again. He’s an incredible bloke, and a very funny bloke and I’m so proud he got an MBE.
“His family is incredible, he is the biggest family man I’ve ever seen. I used to heckle him for being addicted to Disney, and now I’ve got kids I totally understand it!”
A complete rebuild for Leeds Rhinos
Singleton believes Leeds have never recovered from the break up of the all-conquering sides that won eight Grand Finals between 2004 and 2017; and have never managed to replace their most successful coach Brian McDermott.
He believes the job therefore for new coach Rohan Smith will be a complete rebuild.
“Brian McDermott was so tight to that group,” Singleton says of the head coach who won four of those titles.
“I’d been with him from 2010 to 18 and that’s a long time; and to win things makes it a special relationship.
“Once he’s gone and Dave Furner came in, you have gone from a man that is so psychologically tuned into all his players, to Furner who came in and had to wipe the slate clean. Without doing anything wrong he lost all the winning behaviours because he wiped the whole slate clean.
“I thought Furner was a really intelligent coach. But that group had such a strange, intense coach for 10 years. I don’t think you could come in and wipe the slate clean. It could have paid off but ultimately it didn’t and then you are chasing your tail.”