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Ex-Footballer Brett Kimmorley Warmly Embraced After Breaking Down Over Wife's Death

Sharnie Kimmorley died of brain cancer in March.

18/05/2017 12:13 PM AEST | Updated 18/05/2017 12:13 PM AEST
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Brett Kimmorley has always been one of the good guys in sport, both on and off the field. He's also proven himself to be a likeable media commentator on the game of rugby league, which he played at the highest level for 16 years.

Tragedy struck his life in March this year, when his wife Sharnie died from brain cancer. The Kimmorleys had four daughters together. The entire rugby league community has since rallied around the family, and the man known as "Noddy" has resumed his media duties.

On Wednesday night on the Fox Sports show League Life, Kimmorley was talking about the upcoming Beanies for Brain Cancer NRL Round.

The themed round encourages everyone to wear beanies to support the Mark Hughes Foundation -- the charity of former NRL player Mark Hughes, who developed brain cancer but is now tumour-free.

Like Hughes, Kimmorley is a 40-year-old from Newcastle. Having recently lost his wife to the disease, there could have been no more appropriate spokesman.

Kimmorley handled himself fantastically. When asked what it means to him to see the NRL embrace this cause, it broke just about everyone's hearts to see him battle through his response. The link below takes you to the video.

The response from the rugby league community to the highly emotional interview was fantastic. Sometimes, sport really does lift the human spirit.

Even those who are no fans of the game of rugby league had to admire Noddy's guts.

If you'd like to donate to the Mark Hughes Foundation, you can do so here. You can also wear your official beanie to the footy this weekend. The list of matches is here.

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