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Anthony Rizzo Proves To Be A Badass At 28

On his 28th birthday, ten years after a cancer diagnosis, Anthony Rizzo probably didn’t expect to be on the team that ended a 108-year World Series drought for the Chicago Cubs.

Drafted directly from high school at only 17 years old, Rizzo began his career with the Boston Red Sox. Shortly after he started his journey through the minor leagues, Rizzo received a life-changing diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

After six months of treatment, Rizzo entered remission and started toward his return to professional baseball. Rizzo wanted to use his experience as a cancer survivor to inspire others battling the same disease, so he created the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation.

In 2012, after spending time with a few other teams, Rizzo landed a spot on the roster for the Chicago Cubs. The first baseman’s position on the team over the past five years has been critical in creating a family-like culture.

“He’s more worried about everybody else and puts himself second,” David Ross, former Cubs player, told Sports Illustrated. “Whether it’s his at bats, batting practice or anything, he’s quick to take a backseat to others. That’s unusual for a superstar.”

From beating cancer to a World Series victory, Rizzo has proven himself as a badass on and off the baseball field.

Here are 28 times Rizzo proved his status as a baseball-god.

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  • After a victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in the eleventh inning, Anthony Rizzo celebrated with his teammates. (Photo: Reuters/Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports)
  • A key player in the 2016 World Series, Anthony Rizzo, was ecstatic after scoring a run against the Cleveland Indians in the fifth inning in game two. (Photo: Reuters/Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
  • In a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Anthony Rizzo hit a grand slam in the fifth inning at Wrigley Field. (Photo: Reuters/Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports)
  • The day before the MLB All Star game, National League first baseman Anthony Rizzo participated in the 2015 Home Run Derby. (Photo: Reuters/David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports)
  • After the Cubs clinched the National League Central Division championship, Rizzo's teammates celebrated by drenching him in beer. (Photo: Reuters/Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)
  • High-fives all around in the dugout for Anthony Rizzo after scoring a run against the Washington Nationals. (Photo: Reuters/Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)
  • Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo tags out a Pittsburgh Pirates player in a run down during the third inning. (Photo: Reuters/Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
  • After a home run against the Milwaukee Brewers, Anthony Rizzo ran the bases at Wrigley Field. (Photo: Reuters/David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)
  • Anthony Rizzo smashed a two-run home run in the seventh inning during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Anthony Rizzo posed with his Golden Glove and Platinum Glove before the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field.  (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Winner of the Silver Slugger and Wilson Defensive Player of the Year, Anthony Rizzo, posed for a photo at Wrigley Field.  (Photo: Getty Images)
  • U.S. President Barack Obama accepted a jersey from World Series champion Anthony Rizzo during a celebration of the team's win in the East Room of the White House. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Anthony Rizzo holds up an artifact from the historic win - the ball from the final out of the World Series -during the Chicago Cubs victory celebration Chicago, Illinois. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Helping his team end a 108-year drought, Anthony Rizzo celebrated after defeating the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series.  (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Anthony Rizzo celebrated after scoring a run in the 10th inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series.  (Photo: Getty Images)
  • In the fourth inning of Game Five of the 2016 World Series, Anthony Rizzo slid into second base for a double at Wrigley Field. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Preparing for Game Five of the 2016 World Series, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs stood for the national anthem.  (Photo: Getty Images)
  • In Game Four of the 2016 World Series, Rizzo hit a single in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Anthony Rizzo celebrated after he hit a three-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the ninth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Fan-loving Anthony Rizzo celebrates with the crowd after securing their wildcard playoff position at Wrigley Field on September 26, 2015.  (Photo: Getty Images)
  • In 2014, Anthony Rizzo attended a benefit event for his non-profit the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Anthony Rizzo put in maximum effort to catch a foul ball hit during the sixth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs has a fired up conversation with the umpire about a balk in the fourth inning during the game against the Cincinnati Reds. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • A player for the Chicago White Sox is forced out by Anthony during the sixth inning at Wrigley Field.  (Photo: Getty Images)
  • A selfless superstar, Anthony Rizzo signed autographs for children before a game against the St. Louis Cardinals. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Anthony Rizzo slides safely into third base during the second inning against the Houston Astros at Wrigley Field. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Anthony Rizzo went all out to catch a ball hit in the seventh inning during a game in 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • In 2011, during his time with the San Diego Padres, Anthony Rizzo picks himself up after extending to catch the ball and get the out during the fifth inning. (Photo: Getty Images)