A true Rugby League legend tells his moving story of coping with motor neurone disease. He is as inspirational here as he was on the pitch.

There are few people who are known beyond their game. You have the superstars, yes. The ones with multi-million dollar deals and clothing lines.

They play, or played, their sports at the highest of levels. Winning accolades and awards.

And there are those, whose exploits in some of the less glamorous sports who command attention through their actions and attitudes.

Rob Burrow is one such individual. His story will have you laughing like a drain, it will bring you to tears and it will have you question the fairness of this thing we call life. Burrow was told he was too small to play the brutal game of Rugby League. What he wanted to do, to go toe to toe, head to head, with the biggest and best, went against all logic.

They said he was wasting his time.

Of course, Burrow went on to become one of the most decorated in English Rugby League's modern history. His name is one of only a select few synonymous with the sport.

At age 37, Burrow was diagnosed with motor neurone disease and Too Many Reasons to Live is the story of a man who channelling all the determination and positivity he had on the field into his biggest battle yet.

Leeds Rhino Rugby League team see Burrow as their son, he played almost 500 times, and to see this great of the game being taken down slowly but surely by an unrelenting disease broke many hearts.

This is not a Rugby League book per se, and is more than a memoir, when it became clear that Rob was going to fight MND all the way, sympathy turned to awe.

I'm not giving in until my last breath. - Rob Burrow

Too Many Reasons To Live is out now via Pan Macmillan.


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