Burrow played his entire 16-year professional career with Leeds Rhinos, making over 400 appearances and winning 8 Super League championships

Burrow was known as "the smallest player in Super League" for many years, yet he was one of the most successful players in the competition's history

Burrow scored one of the greatest tries in Super League Grand Final history in 2011, a 50-metre solo effort, helping Leeds defeat St Helens.

He won the Harry Sunderland Trophy twice as man of the match in Super League Grand Finals in 2007 and 2011.

In December 2019, Burrow was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND). Despite the challenges, he remained relentlessly positive and worked tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for MND research.

Burrow represented England and Great Britain, playing a pivotal role in helping Great Britain defeat New Zealand 3–0 in the 2007 Gillette Fusion Test series.

An appeal was launched to build the Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease in Leeds, raising over £5 million with the help of former teammate Kevin Sinfield as of December 2023.

Burrow was appointed MBE in 2021 and promoted to CBE in 2024 for his services to rugby league and the MND community. 

Rugby Legend Rob Burrow Dies at 41: The Heartbreaking End to a Life of Courage