Each coach in the SEC this season will spend countless hours preparing their players, week after week, for the grueling, demanding schedule of playing in college football’s most competitive conference.
In many ways, however, it can’t compare to the battle ESPN college football sideline reporter Holly Rowe will face this season.
Rowe had surgery in February to remove a second tumor and is undergoing intense chemotherapy this summer. Rowe, who has been with ESPN since 1998, will require treatment every three weeks. In an interview with Dan Wolken of USA Today, Rowe said covering sports this season will give her strength as she fights her disease.
“That’s my happy place,” Rowe told USA Today. “Going through this has made me such an emotional person. I just appreciate everything more, so I feel like I’m crying all the time out of sheer appreciation and being grateful for the moments I’m enjoying. And now, gosh, here we are at kickoff. It’s going to be neat, but I do want to just get back to doing my job.”
Rowe isn’t the only television sports reporter who has battled a serious disease in the public eye this year. NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager continued his job despite battling leukemia and earlier this year received the Jim Valvano Award for Perseverance at the ESPYs.