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.
Thank you for all your lovely comments on the documentary tonight. Thank you @BBCBreakfast 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. #MND #hope
— Rob Burrow (@Rob7Burrow) October 13, 2020
After forcing myself to watch that heartbreaking documentary, I just wanted to find a photo of Rob & me playing on the same team, just to say, I played alongside that man. Only one I could find. Heartbreaking and inspirational at the same time. God bless you Rob x pic.twitter.com/iJZGOodCMi
— Leon Pryce (@leonpryce6) October 13, 2020
What a selfless, heroic man Rob Burrow is.
— James Gordon (@jdgsport) October 13, 2020
There was absolutely no doubt that @Rob7Burrow would inspirationally and courageously fight MND with everything he had
The decision to let everybody in to his and his familys life to raise awareness and show just how brutal this disease is just unbelievably brave and selfless ❤️
— Jamie Peacock MBE (@JamiePeacock10) October 13, 2020
@Rob7Burrow love you mate x
— danny sculthorpe (@danscully8) October 13, 2020
I pray to God that there’s a cure soon for MND 🙏🏻🙏🏻heartbreaking watching Rob Burrow on TV 😢
— Stephen Gallacher (@stevieggolf) October 13, 2020
Is it possible to break your heart but lift you up at the same time? YES
MND has robbed @Rob7Burrow of his voice & his legs but his smile & his spirit shine through in this wonderful documentary.
What an amazing family Rob Burrow has.
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) October 13, 2020
Rob Burrow….what a true inspiration! Legend on and off the field!
— Guy Thompson (@GuyThompson87) October 13, 2020
— Sally Nugent (@sallynugent) October 14, 2020
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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