Craig Sager, one of the most iconic sideline reporters in sports history passed away on Thursday.
Sager, who was 65, was known by many because of his high character as well as his unique and outlandish suits, lost his battle with cancer after battling the disease for nearly three years. Earlier this year, Sager underwent his third a bone marrow transplant – something rarely seen in the medical field — and was surprised by a visit from his TNT colleague and NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley who went against his doctor’s orders to see Sager.
During his career, Sager worked as a reporter for the Olympics, NFL, MLB, NCAA Tournaments, among other sports. During his college days, Sagar attended Northwestern University where he walked onto the football and basketball teams and even served as the school’s mascot.
His son, Craig Sager Jr., shared a very heartfelt video of him and his father as he looked back on some of his favorite childhood memories.
— Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) December 15, 2016
NBA on TNT also shared a beautiful video tribute to Sager on its Twitter account. The video which is narrated by Ernie Johnson Jr., goes through Sager’s life, his friendships, his colorful wardrobe and his fight that rallied and inspired so many people around the world.
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) December 15, 2016
After the news broke of his passing, athletes and reporters expressed their gratitude and reflected on the memories they shared with Sager.
— Marcus Allen (@MarcusAllenHOF) December 15, 2016
Craig Sagar was there when I crossed the plate for #715 & has been a friend ever since.I thought the world of him & he will be sorely missed
— Hank Aaron (@HenryLouisAaron) December 15, 2016
Long Live Craig. We love you! Rest in Paradise
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) December 15, 2016
Craig Sager brought so much enthusiasm to the NBA game. But his fight to the end is what really impressed me. RIP to an inspiring man.
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) December 15, 2016
the sports world lost a legend today. rest in peace Mr. Craig Sager
— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) December 15, 2016
Rest In Peace, Craig Sager. What a valiant and inspirational fight. May his good work continue as his legacy. Prayers for all loved Craig.
— Hannah Storm (@HannahStormESPN) December 15, 2016
A gotta take a sec to breathe….
— Kenny Smith (@TheJetOnTNT) December 15, 2016
— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) December 15, 2016