Teen New Orleans Saints Superfan Battling Chronic Disease Receives Special Honor at ESPY Awards

PEOPLE | Char Adams

Fifteen-year-old Jarrius Robertson has been in and out of hospitals all of his life, and has still managed to wow sports fans everywhere with his upbeat, energetic attitude.

Now, the inspiring teen who delights fans and players on the sidelines of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is being honored for his efforts with the ESPYs’ Jimmy V Perseverance Award.

Robertson, who battles a chronic liver disease, was presented the award on Wednesday by John Cena and made his way to the stage with the same charisma sports fans and players alike have come to love.

“Don’t give up, don’t ever give up. These words by Jimmy V I have been living my entire life. The past few years have been a blessing for me and my family,” Jarrius said on stage alongside his parents, Jordy Robertson and Patricia Hoyal. “I have been doing things I never thought I could do before — and earning the Jimmy V award tonight is amazing … Lastly and not least my family. I want to thank them for being by my side and all the sacrifices to get me to where I am now.” Continue reading


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