Even though rugby league legend Rob Burrow now speaks via a voice bank app on his phone, his fortitude is unmistakable as he charts his year with MND.
A diminutive player who won the admiration of all for his courage and bravery when Leeds Rhinos were at their pinnacle, he continues to redefine the meaning of these two traits with his humility and resilience as he, and his young family, come to terms with the horrors of motor neurone disease.
No one will fail to be humbled by his plight, and the support he is receiving, when the BBC show Rob Burrow: My Year with MND in full.
Yet, while this 5ft 5ins rugby giant was fearless on the field of play, tackling players who towered over him, MND will be an unbeatable opponent unless a cure can be found.
On this, Rob Burrow is now confronting the match of his life with stoicism as he strives to raise awareness about this cruellest of diseases.
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