Sports Character contender: Kevin Sinfield

Sports Personality 2015 contender: Kevin Sinfield
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015
Date: Sunday, 20 December. Venue: SSE Arena, Belfast. Time: 18:50-21:00 GMT. Coverage: BBC A single, Radio five live, BBC Sport website.
Preview show: BBC Two, Tuesday 15 December 22:35-23:35 GMT

“He’s going to go down as 1 of the greatest rugby league players there is ever been” – Leeds boss Brian McDermott on former Leeds Rhinos and England rugby league captain Kevin Sinfield.

Sinfield, 35, is the newest contender to be profiled in the run-up to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award on 20 December, as we concentrate on one particular of the 12 shortlisted nominees every single day.

Year in a nutshell

  • Completed his rugby league career on a high, featuring in Leeds Rhinos’ treble-securing Super League Grand Final win against Wigan
  • Only the fourth rugby league player to pass 4,000 career points
  • Former England captain spent practically two decades with the Rhinos
  • Stand-off has switched to union with Yorkshire Carnegie

What they say – Brian McDermott

“Kev’s created some huge sacrifices throughout his life and been the ultimate pro. He hasn’t done the nightclubs he hasn’t had the trappings of that social life that most juniors want.

“He’s been right here that lengthy, for the young fellas that have come in, it really is virtually like obtaining a coach on the field. It is like obtaining a guest speaker in almost, like you are receiving a motivational speaker.

“I’ve never ever identified a bloke who deflects praise and adulation as much as Kev and I am certain when folks are speaking about him, he’ll go blush red and say ‘Oh it really is not about me’.

“It’s bizarre he’s nominated as one of the sports personalities of the year, as its especially about him he can not deflect this a single. He’ll have to speak about himself, so very good luck with that.”

What you say

Paul Rainford: “The most productive captain in the game, an absolute gent, a correct specialist and the ideal function model.”

Nathan G: “It takes a special player to be an international captain but even more unique to win a domestic treble clean sweep.”

Elliott Charles: “Topped off by this year’s treble-winning season, Sinfield is one of rugby league’s greatest ever players, and a fantastic man also.”

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