Rob Burrow documentary gets national recognition

The BBC Breakfast documentary with Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow has been recognised a national industry award.

Rob Burrow: My Year with MND is a moving documentary following Rob Burrow as he shows the same spirit in his fight against motor neurone disease as made him a hugely admired rugby league star. 

His family and friends – including former teammates Kevin Sinfield and Barrie McDermott – also give their insight into this remarkable man. Burrow was prompted to raise awareness for research into the condition, including regular appearances on BBC Breakfast, after meeting former Scotland rugby union legend and fellow motor neurone disease sufferer Doddie Weir. 

Burrow was diagnosed with the degenerative disease, for which there is no cure, barely two years after ending his stellar playing career by helping Leeds Rhinos to a record-extending eighth Super League grand final in autumn 2017. As the disease takes its toll physically, Burrow speaks of his determination to live as normal a life as possible and explains how his rugby career has prepared him for the challenge. 

The show was nominated in the Television / Digital Documentary at the annual British Sports Journalism Awards and was in a highly competitive list of nominees including the moving story about Leeds United legend Jack Charlton and his battle with dementia before his sad passing in 2020.

Rob’s documentary received the bronze award with Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism & Me beating BT Sport’s Greavsie to the top prize.

BBC Breakfast’s Sally Nugent was also a winner on the night collecting the silver award for Broadcast Journalist for her impressive collection of work over the last year including Rob Burrow’s documentary and Marcus Rashford’s campaign regarding food poverty.

You can still watch Rob Burrow: My Year with MND on the BBC iplayer by clicking here.