He showed plenty of fighting spirit as captain of Leeds United during the club’s famous 1986-87 season.
And Brendon Ormsby has demonstrated the same kind of battling qualities since suffering a stroke in 2013.
So it should come as little surprise that the 56-year-old has been picked as one of the faces of a new social media campaign by the Stroke Association.
The campaign that features his story is being used to promote Strike Back Funds, a way for stroke survivors to celebrate all their fundraising achievements on a single online page.
Brendon’s page documents how he has raised more than £11,000 with the help of family and friends at events including the Leeds 10K and the Great Selby Bike Ride.
Stroke Association remembrance fund manager Jackie Parnell said: “Strike Back Funds are a great way for stroke survivors and their family and friends to fight back and help make a positive difference.
“They also enable them to celebrate all their fundraising achievements in one place.
“Brendon was the first stroke survivor to have a Strike Back Fund and so we used his story, to hopefully inspire other stroke survivors that there is a life after stroke.
“Brendon has a great network of family and friends who support him and fundraise for the Stroke Association to help those people affected by stroke.”
Brendon, a former Yorkshire Evening Post columnist, played for Leeds between 1986 and 1990.
A no-nonsense central defender, he skippered the team to the FA Cup semi-finals and Division Two play-offs in 1987.
Specialists initially feared he might not walk again following his stroke but he defied their expectations to such an extent that he was able to complete the Leeds 10K in 2014.