ESPYs: Joe Biden Presents Award to Cancer Survivor Craig Sager
"I will live my life full of love and full of fun — it’s the only way I know how," said the TNT sportscaster.
Vice President Joe Biden told the ESPYs audience that we can "finally end cancer as we know it," during his touching presentation of the Jimmy V Perseverance Award to TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager for his battle against leukemia. In his speech, Biden touched upon his late son Beau, who passed away from brain cancer.
"Like Jimmy V, my son Beau never let cancer touch his heart or his soul," said Biden. "We are America, and like Jimmy, like Craig Sager and countless others, we never ever give up."
"Craig knows that every day, every hour, every moment matters," Biden added. "He teaches us how to live with perseverance and passion."
Sager, dressed in one of his signature bright-colored, patterned suits, accepted the award from Biden saying, "I am confident in you that one day soon, you will wipe out cancer."
Sager thanked his wife Stacy, saying "your love is my strength." He proceeded to thank his "Turner Sports family," whom he has been with for 24 seasons.
"Sports are who I am in my soul. They have guided my life. I am confident that I will continue to watch those amazing feats," Sager said.
The ESPY honor is named after former North Carolina State University basketball coach Jim Valvano, who died of bone cancer in 1993. Like Valvano expressed in his memorable speech at the first ESPYs, Sager expressed he would "never give up" in battling against his disease. He regarded Valvano's message as a "constant source of encouragement, an inspiration."
"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 ... so I will never give up, and I will never give in. I will continue to keep fighting, sucking the marrow out of life as life sucks the marrow out of me," he said.
Sager has continued to maintain a personality in high spirits and as colorful as his outfits since he was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014. The 34-year Turner Sports veteran reported from his first NBA Finals during ABC’s broadcast of Game 6 back in June.
"I will live my life full of love and full of fun," Sager concluded. "It’s the only way I know how."
Watch Joe Biden's introduction below.