And today it is testament to the man that he is as Sir Kev - the name he is affectionately known by fans - dedicates his OBE to the team involved in fundraising for his former teammate Rob Burrow.
Rob was dealt a crushing blow after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) at the end of 2019 and since then Sir Kev and the Leeds Rhinos family have pitched in to help raise money for their friend.
While Kevin Sinfield spoke of the huge honour to have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his marathon effort which saw him raise more than £2m for charity, he stressed it was for those who have given a little bit of themselves to Rob.
Their efforts have also boosted awareness nationwide of the terminal condition, which has no known cure.
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Sinfield was made an MBE in the 2014 birthday honours for services to rugby league, but believes being recognised for his charity work is an even greater accolade.
We salute you Sir Kev!
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