Day of pride as Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield are made freemen of Leeds
Leeds today added a new chapter to a remarkable story of courage and comradeship as the city awarded its highest civic honour to Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield.
Rugby league legends Rob and Kevin have both been given the freedom of Leeds in recognition of their heroic campaigning and fundraising for all those affected by motor neurone disease (MND).
Rob, who was diagnosed with MND in late 2019, was at Leeds Civic Hall this evening (Wednesday, January 11) to receive the honour at a special full meeting of Leeds City Council.
Kevin’s commitments in his new coaching role with the England rugby union team meant he was unable to attend the event in person, but Bob Bowman, chief executive of the Leeds Rhinos Foundation, was present to accept the award on his behalf.
The assembled guests heard warm tributes from councillors to Rob and Kevin, whose achievements over the last three years have surpassed even their previous all-conquering exploits on the field for Leeds Rhinos.