Turner Sports reporter, Craig Sager, received the Jim Valvano Perseverance Award at the ESPYS Wednesday night (July 13), at the Microsoft Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Sager took the stage after an embrace with Vice President, Joe Biden.
Honored to have shared the stage with Craig Sager during his moving speech at the ESPYs tonight. A lesson on how to live. #SagerStrong
— Vice President Biden (@VP) July 14, 2016
The 64-year-old dressed as exuberant as ever, with a colorful jacket and his very own inspired cheetah print Kevin Durant 7 EXT sneakers made exclusively to fit his swollen feet as a result of the cancer treatment. Sager was diagnosed with leukemia back in 2014, after being in remission since 2015, he revealed in an interview with HBO in April of this year that the cancer is no longer in remission.
Losing the fight to Sager would mean not being able to do the job he loves. It didn’t stop him this past post-season as he would go for treatment in Houston, Texas in the morning, then travel to San Antonio to work the game at night. This kind of strength is unheard of when going through chemotherapy.
“I will never give up, and I will never give in.” -Craig Sager at the 2016 #ESPYS pic.twitter.com/cb8B6LMG0a
— E! News (@enews) July 14, 2016
“I will live my life full of love and full of fun. It’s the only way I know how.” – Craig Sager pic.twitter.com/8eqqtqIaNl
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 14, 2016
“I am confident I will continue to watch those amazing feats.” – Craig Sager #SagerStrongpic.twitter.com/4S9sQkaJRq
— ESPYS (@ESPYS) July 14, 2016
“Each and every day is a canvas for all of us, just waiting to be painted.”
—Craig Sager, Jimmy V Award recipient.https://t.co/IV19f1e8n7
— ESPN (@espn) July 14, 2016
Watch the entire speech below. Keep fighting Craig. #SagerStrong