Webb remembered for ‘remarkable’ MND fight

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Tributes continue to pour in for former Queensland and Broncos star Carl Webb, who died on Friday, aged 42.

Webb died on Thursday night following a four-year battle with Motor Neurone Disease.

It is understood he died after a fall at his home in Dalby.

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“It’s an extremely sad day for the Webb family and rugby league as well,” League Immortal Wally Lewis told 9News on Friday.

“I had the opportunity to go in and visit Carl a couple of times.

“The thing was, exactly what we expected from him, he said ‘I’m not going to give in, I’m just going to fight it all the way’,” Lewis recounted.

“And he said ‘if I pass away too soon, I’m going to see even less matches where Queensland beat New South Wales!’.

Webb, who played 187 games for the Broncos, Cowboys and Eels, will be best remembered for his ferocity on field, but more importantly, his kind manner and fighting spirit off it.

“Every time he walked into out place, you felt the respect and admiration from so many,” Broncos coach Kevin Walters said of Webb’s impact on the game of NRL, via a statement.

Former teammate Ben Ikin, who is now the QRL CEO, heaped praised on Webb for his biggest battle of all, MND.

“I found truly remarkable that a guy who made a living out of being so powerful and explosive could handle, with such grace, the debilitating effects of MND,” Ikin said via a statement on Friday.

Webb retired from the NRL in 2011 after an impressive career that spanned over a decade in the top grade.

He is survived by his partner Cassandra and four children.

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