It’s been a long time coming. Legendary TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager was FINALLY awarded the Jimmy V Perseverance at the ESPY Awards on July 13 for his outstanding work in sports and fight with cancer. Well done, Craig!
He’s been instantly recognized for his zany suits and distinctive, but now Craig Sager, 65, can call himself an ESPY Award winner! The beloved sideline reporter was given the distinction of the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the inaugural ceremony in Los Angeles on July 13, and he was overcome with emotion after his cancer battle.
Back in 2014, Craig was hit with the terrible news that he was diagnosed with leukemia. But that didn’t deter the energetic TV host who bravely continued working on the sidelines, getting the best interviews with the biggest sports stars, while publicly battling the disease.
Accepting the award from Joe Biden, who gave a rousing speech about cancer and movingly referred to his own loss of son Beau Biden to the disease, Craig got a standing ovation from all the basketball stars in the room.
Wearing an outrageous jacket, “First of all, thank you Mr. Vice President for the kind words, for your strong words on Beau, for your whole life forward to finding a cure for cancer. I am confident soon with you we will find a way to wipe out cancer,” he started.
Craig also thanks Jimmy V, as well as his family and his wife Stacy Sager. Craig recalled a conversation they had at the time he was diagnosed when Stacy turned to him and said, “Please don’t leave me, we can fight this together.” Craig then emotionally turned to Stacy to say, There’s no fear in love, and your love is my strength.” It was a really emotional moment that didn’t leave a dry eye in the room, and as he wrapped up his speech you could see he was visibly moved.
Craig has been with TNT for an incredible 34-years, covering some of the biggest NBA games of all time. He took 11 months out while he was getting treatment for leukemia, which included getting a bone marrow transplant from his son. However, he made a triumphant return in March, 2015.
Sadly, Craig revealed in April that his cancer was no longer in remission during an interview on HBO. But that didn’t stop him from interviewing the likes of LeBron James and Stephen Curry during the NBA Finals, when he was also still receiving treatment.
And he’s not slowing down any time soon. After his sixth cycle of treatment, Craig is planning on flying out to Rio for the Olympic Games where he will be covering basketball for NBC. What a man!
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