"When my ESPN family called me, I was absolutely speechless," "GMA" anchor Roberts said. "Arthur was a dear, dear friend of mine. We served on boards together, and I remember one thing he told me. He said, When it's all said and done, if all people can say about you is that, hey, you were a pretty good broadcaster, you haven't fulfilled all that you can do in life.' "
She said she appreciated the honor from ESPN, which will be presented at the ESPY Awards in July. (ESPN and ABC, which broadcasts "GMA," are owned by Disney.)
Roberts, a breast cancer survivor, underwent a bone-marrow transplant last year to fight myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood and bone marrow.
She documented her struggles with unusual frankness. She began a medical leave in August, and she has credited family, family and friends for helping her return to "GMA" in February.
"I feel like I'm a symbol for all those who have gone through some struggles in life," Roberts told her "GMA" colleagues.
"Good news this time," Roberts added with a laugh.