‘I will never give up’ – Motivational ESPYS Speech by Craig Sager, Famous American Sports Reporter

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Time is something that cannot be bought, it cannot be wagered with God, and it is not in endless supply.

Time is simply how you live your life.

I see the beauty in others, and I see the hope for tomorrow.

If we don’t have hope and faith, we have nothing.

I will never give up, and I will never give in.

I will continue to keep fighting, sucking the barrel out of life, as life sucks the marrow out of me.

I will live my life full of love and full of fun. It’s the only way I know how.

Your (wife) love is my strength.

My battle has been your (family) battle.

If I missed a game, that meant I was losing the battle. I’m not going to let leukemia affect me.

Whatever I might’ve imagined a terminal illness would do to my spirit, it’s summoned quite the opposite. The greatest appreciation for life itself.

Sports are who I am in my soul, they have guided my life, and I have had the good fortune to witness all of your amazing feats. And I am confident that I will continue to watch those amazing feats.

Jimmy V’s inspirational message is on my phone, [a] constant source of encouragement and inspiration. It’s always at my bedside at the hospital and i can read it anytime I want.

When you are diagnosed with a terminal disease…your perception of time changes.

When doctors tell you you have three weeks to live, you try to live a lifetime of moments in three weeks, to hell with three weeks! … Time is something that cannot be bought, it cannot be wagered with God, and it is not an endless supply.

If I’ve learned anything through all of this, it’s that each day is a canvas waiting to be painted.

I’m not an expert on time, or on cancer, or on life itself. I’m a kid from the small Illinois town of Batavia, who grew up on the Chicago Cubs, and made sports his life’s work, although there’s never been a day where it actually seemed like work. I have run with the bulls in Pamplona.

I have raced with Mario Andretti in Indianapolis. I have climbed the Great Wall of China. I have jumped out of airplanes over Kansas. I have wrestled gators in Florida.

I have sailed the ocean with Ted Turner. I have swam the oceans in the Caribbean. And I have interviewed Gregg Popovich. Mid-game. Spurs down seven.

I always see the glass half full. I see the beauty in others, and I see the hope for tomorrow. If we don’t have hope and faith, we have nothing.

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