Turner Sports sideline reporter Craig Sager was awarded the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at Wednesday Night’s ESPY awards in Los Angeles. The sideline reporter has been battling leukemia, but it hasn’t stopped him from working for Turner and even getting to call his first sideline gig at an NBA Finals for ESPN this year.
Vice President Joe Biden presented the award to Sager who wiped away tears before he came on stage to give an emotional and powerful speech.
He talked about the passage of time, and how that changed for him in March when he got his diagnosis.
“Time is something that cannot be bought, it cannot be wagered with God, and it is not in endless supply,” Sager said. “Time is simply how you live your life.”
He finished up the speech with these moving words.
“I see the beauty in others, and I see the hope for tomorrow. If we don’t have hope and faith, we have nothing,” Sager said. “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. I will live my life full of love and full of fun. It’s the only way I know how. Thank you and good night.”
Watch the full speech below