Ernie Johnson Celebrated Craig Sager’s Life With A Poem During His Eulogy [VIDEO]

Ford Springer | Entertainment Reporter

TNT sportscaster Ernie Johnson celebrated the life of his colorful colleague Craig Sager with an endearing poem he delivered during his eulogy at Sager’s memorial service Tuesday.

Sager, who had been battling cancer for years, passed away at the age of 65 on Thursday. Johnson eloquently and hilariously honored his life with a touching poem with anecdotes about his time as Northwestern’s mascot, to his golf game and praised his work ethic as well as his humility and love for his family.

“This one deserved a poem, so here goes,” Johnson began. “And so here we gather on this December morning, five days having passed since word came with no warning. Our buddy, our brother, our friend for so long had left us to ponder this thing Sager strong.”

Johnson reflected on Craig’s life during which he always stood out with his “loud” clothing and personality. “But don’t think for a moment it was just about style, if that is your thinking your off by a mile,” Johnson said. “He prepped for each game with meticulous flare, a prose pro does that when he goes on the air.”

Legendary TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager talks with Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Sager is on a one game assignment for ESPN. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

“And that’s why when Craig’s cancer fight became known, it was just so much love and respect being shown. Because coaches and players all know they arrive when they stand next to Craig and the interview’s live,” Johnson continued.

“They loved his work ethic, but in truth at days end they viewed Craig as a colleague and, above all a friend. He’d asked the tough question when it had to be done and somehow the subject would say, ‘that was fun.'”

Honoree Craig Sager accepts the Jimmy V Award for Perserverance onstage during the 2016 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

“The man that we reflect upon this day was just a treasure, the number of folks he inspired there’s just no way to measure,” Johnson began to conclude. “And so amid the tears and all the memories we cherish now, we say farewell to our friend Sages and make this humble vow: There’s no way to gauge the days we have, no way to know how long. But know this, Craig, we’ll do our best to live ’em Sager Strong.”

Ford Springer

Entertainment Reporter

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