The world lost a legend on Thursday when TNT broadcaster Craig Sager died at age 65. He will be remembered in the sports world for many different reasons but, his legacy also includes a brave and public fight with leukemia that served as an inspiration around the world.

Sports legacy

Sager didn't necessarily set out to start a legacy when he entered the world of sports reporting after graduating from Northwestern University. He became one of the first sports reporters for a fledgling cable news network known as CNN. Sager did their first live remote report in 1980 and hosted a show before moving to another Turner company, TNT, where he reported on a wide variety of sports, chiefly the NBA.

He was also the first person to interview Hank Aaron when he broke the home run record, getting to him right at home plate.

For some, his legacy will involve the colorful ensembles he wore when doing his broadcasts. Sager often found himself to be the butt of the joke, whether from superstar Kevin Garnett or coach Phil Jackson. Perhaps his most famous sparring partner was San Antonio Spurs coach, Gregg Popovich, who was largely curt during their mid-game sideline interviews. However, Gregg became one of his most vocal supports during the fight of Sager's life.

Cancer legacy

Make no mistake, the fight Sager showed in the face of overwhelming odds against cancer should be his most prominent legacy.

He was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia just before the 2014 NBA Playoffs, sidelining him for the first time in years. His son wound up being the donor to save his life and Sager was able to return to work for the time being.

But in March 2016, the disease returned, and this time, fighting it off would prove to be much more challenging.

Still, Sager never broke character in all of the social media posts and interviews he put out, showing that cancer had Sager down, but certainly not out. In July, he cemented his legacy by receiving the "Jimmy V Perseverance Award" at the ESPYs, giving an inspirational speech about how he was going to live his life.

That life has now passed, far too soon.

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