'He made the world a better place to be' - Rob Burrow's wife pays moving tribute to 'inspirational' husband

Rob Burrow with wife Lindsey
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The wife of former rugby league player Rob Burrow has paid tribute to her husband following his death after a lengthy battle with motor neurone disease (MND).

The former England international died earlier this month at the age of 41. The devastating news of his passing prompted an outpouring of grief from millions across the UK.

In an interview with BBC Breakfast, Rob's wife Lindsey described her husband as "an inspiration".

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She said: "I couldn't put into words just how proud I am of Rob. He was just such an inspiration to so many people.

"He was the face of the MND community for so many people and gave so many people hope. The legacy he leaves is just incredible.

"Despite the grief and the sadness, we have so much to be thankful for for having Rob in our lives. He made the world a better place to be."

Rob and Lindsey pictured back in 2002
Rob and Lindsey pictured back in 2002 -Credit:No credit

Lindsey and Rob met when they were both 15 and she stood by him as his primary caregiver after he was diagnosed with MND in late 2019. She described the support she had received and the tributes to Rob following his death as "really overwhelming".

"What struck me was that it wasn't just from the Leeds Rhinos community, it was from all walks of the rugby league community. That's what Rob's done is brought a community together through the rugby, through MND.

"It doesn't matter which club you played for, I think he's just brought everyone together. It was real privilege and honour to see those and really heartwarming to see all the tributes about Rob."

Burrow spent his entire rugby league career with Leeds Rhinos and helped them win eight Super League titles.

He retired in 2017 but two years later it was revealed Burrow had been diagnosed with MND. He went on to raise millions to help build a new care centre for MND patients alongside former team-mate Kevin Sinfield.