Mundine speech had everyone in tears
Gorden Tallis was reduced to tears in summing up what his former teammate and league and boxing legend Anthony Mundine means to him and his family.
Tallis revealed a tearful anecdote about his sister who was dying in hospital up in Brisbane years ago when Mundine was playing for the Dragons.
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"My sister was dying in hospital," Tallis said on NRL Tonight.
"I rang the hospital and said hey, my sisters name was Janita and she said hey I have got to go Anthony is here.
"I was thinking no one is more important than your family at this moment. Who is Anthony?
"She said I have got to go Anthony just walked in the room.
"So I rang mum and said I think Janita is talking to people that I don't even know. So I rang her and it was actually Anthony Mundine flew from Sydney to go up there and see my sister.
"That's the person that we all know away from the person from sport.
"You guys see the sportsmen but I see the gentle beautiful soul."
Mundine, 45, scored 59 tries in 127 games for the Dragons and Broncos before switching to boxing where he finished with a record of 48 wins and 11 losses.
He will go down as a legend in both sports, but Tallis believes his true legacy is away from the sporting arena.
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