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Mike Denning, chairman of the SPF, said: "The fact that his name will always be linked to this prestigious award will forever be a reminder of what a special husband, dad and person he was.
The Man of Steel honour which has been awarded annually since its inception in 1977.
showing their respect for Stephen."
NAMING rugby league's Man of Steel award after the great Steve Prescott will ensure his name echoes through the sport's ages like the titles of Lance Todd and Harry Sunderland.
From October this year, the player who makes the biggest impact on the First Utility Super League season will be crowned the Steve Prescott Man of Steel.
"Stephen would be delighted, honoured and a little embarrassed by this announcement but we are all extremely proud.
In a joint statement Super League chief operating officer Ralph Rimmer and RFL chief executive Nigel Wood said: "It is absolutely right that the player whose Reebok Kids Boys on field heroics capture the imagination of his peers is presented with an award named in recognition of the sport's ultimate hero.
"A massive thank you to all who have supported the renaming of this award and in particular those fans who petitioned to the Rugby Football League Reebok Suede Red
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That is the view of Steve's widow Linzi after it was confirmed the British sport's most prestigious individual honour Saucony Camouflage
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Saints player, who fought an immense battle with cancer before dying at the age of 39 last November.
The RFL's proposal to rename the honour which followed an online campaign by supporters that secure the backing of high profile players received unanimous support from the 14 First Utility Super League clubs at their extraordinary general meeting last week.
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