Last week at the ESPY Awards Craig Sager accepted the Jimmy V Award for perseverance. At the age of 64, Sager is currently battling leukemia and continues to receive chemo treatments while still working as a NBA reporter for TNT. Even so much that he will receive treatments in one state in the morning, hop a flight to the next city, cover a game all in a days work. Most would think he is crazy to take such risks putting his body through so much work all while battling such a vicious disease. But let Craig Sager tell it to you and there is nothing that he would rather be doing that spending his life doing what we loves, leukemia or not. Craig Sager is everything that Dream Live Ball means, and more. Hearing his speech at the ESPY's on how he lives his life and truly enjoys every moment is truly an inspiration for us all. This past April early in the airport traveling back home to Denver from Houston I had the pleasure of meeting Sager. I must admit that once I noticed him from a distance across the way going through security across from me I was initially scared to approach him. I let my fear of meeting one the greatest in his field go, tapped him from behind and introduced myself. To my surprise he greeted me back, "Hey Brittany, how are you?"Like he had known me for years. I told him I love watching him on TV, thanked him, and told him keep fighting. We snapped a selfie and went on our separate ways.
I'm so thankful for his fight, his strength, and his story as it's one we all can be inspired from. Craig Sager does a little DLB each and everyday. So glad he's here to show us all how it's done as he continues to face a tough battle with cancer.
Craig Sager's Speech:
Full story/video also shown at the ESPY's:
Memorable quotes from Sager's Speech:
Time is something that cannot be bought. It cannot be wagered with God, and it is not an endless supply. Time is simply how you live your life.
Each and everyday is a canvas we need to paint, an opportunity for love, for fun, for living, for learning.
The way you think influences the way you feel, and the way you feel determines how you act.
If we don't have hope and faith, we have nothing.