Rugby league family reacts to heartbreaking Rob Burrow documentary

There aren’t enough words to describe how much of an inspiration Rob Burrow is.

An emotional documentary – Rob Burrow: My Year with MND – was shown on BBC Two on Tuesday night, and the humbling response from the general public has been overwhelming.

The 38-year-old was sadly diagnosed with motor neurone disease just two years after ending his illustrious playing career by helping Leeds to a record-extending eighth Super League Grand Final title in 2017.

The way Burrow is managing the degenerative disease is so inspiring, he said: “I have too many reasons to live, I’m not giving in until my last breath.”

The documentary, which was superbly presented by Sally Nugent, is a tough watch but it is extremely uplifting given how strong Burrow’s frame of mind is for his wife and children during this tough time.

Burrow left a legacy on the field thanks to his stellar playing career and the work he is doing to raise awareness for MND now is uplifting.

After the docuementary had aired, Burrow tweeted: “Thank you for all your lovely comments on the documentary tonight.

“Thank you BBC Breakfast for everything. I only hope we don’t lose sight of one thing, there are people out there suffering from MND with no help. I love you all.”

The world is a very strange place to be in right now but if we can all take a little bit of Burrow’s amazing character then the world will be a much better place.

Rob Burrow: My Year with MND is available to watch on BBC iPlayer now and to find out more information on motor neurone disease, visit mndassociation.org.

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12 Comments

  1. Heart breaking to see the programme on Rob as my dad died of MND in 1971 at age 51 brought back alot of sad memories but the courage and pride you showed makes it more greater to find a cure and give people hope
    As a Bradford Bulls fan I applaud Rob as a true unselfish person who is a real hero and is so inspirational to many other
    God bless you

  2. Rob your only small mate but on the field you’ve always been a big man and you was frightening a pleasure to have seen you big man.All the very best and your family. 🏉🏉🏉👍👍

  3. Rob i have seen how great a player you are you are a giant man pff you are an inspiration to everyone god bless you and your family xx

  4. What a shame it only seems days since you were diagnosed.For this to happen so soon after retiring seems so unfair. Good luck.
    Keep going.

  5. Rob, I cried buckets for you, brought back memories of some people I knew with very cruel disease. I am shocked how quick you have got to this stage. Keep fighting young man. May god be with you, Lindsey and your beautiful children, they are keeping you going. We are a family who is hurting for you.

  6. You teuely are an inspiration. Although a Wigan fan myself,have always admired your speed n tenasity on thd field,boy could you run. Keep fighting,your a legend n a wonderful family man. Your family can be brave because you are. My bedt friend has MND,its a crurl disease that needs so much research to find a cure. Keep going Rob xx

  7. Just watched documentary ahead of the challenge cup final, I was in tears but then the close result of the game meant everything that you had to cope with the team were playing for you. I hope you have enjoyed watching the game at home with the family and you are okay, you are still my favourite player of all time and I wish you all the best.

  8. Just sat and watched documentary with my wife and were both reaching for the tissues before the end.fantastic job you and your family did with the bbc in making this programme to highlight this dreadful disease,you are all so brave in getting it out in the public eye.you are an inspiration to everyone Rob just as you were as a player, wish you and your family all the very best in these very trying times for you.

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