Aussie rules has long been a part of Australian sporting culture, and with the establishment of the VFL and consequently the AFL, footy players have become stars over the years. Some for their footballing ability, some for their grit and determination and some for the effect they have had on the sport. Below are a few AFL players regarded by many as the legends of the game over the past couple of decades. But with new talent constantly emerging in the AFL, expect to see some of the AFL players which hit the ovals every week soon to be added to the list, and remember to support them the next time they play when you put down a few dollars at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Gary Ablett Snr.
Born: 1st of October 1961
Played For: Hawthorn/Geelong (1982/1984-1996)
No. Of Games: 248 (6/242)
No. Of Goals: 1030 (9/1021)
Ablett was widely feared for his innate ability to find the ball on top of his superb marking skills, and is regarded by many as one of the greatest to have ever played the sport. The forward obviously has the footy gene in his bloodline, with son Gary Ablett Jr. now dominating the league for the Cats. Named four times as an All-Australian and claiming the Norm Smith medal in 1989, Ablett is a true AFL player to be remembered.
Born: 27th of May 1971
Played For: North Melbourne/Adelaide (1989-2001)
No. Of Games: 272 (244/28)
No. Of Goals: 738 (671/67)
Wayne Carey is widely regarded as one of the greatest players ever to have graced the ovals in the history of Aussie rules. Seven time All-Australian, Carey was a top quality centre half forward and was nicknamed ‘The King’, winning his club’s best and fairest four times. He skippered North Melbourne to the finals for eight consecutive seasons, and was the second youngest captain at the age of 21 in the sport’s history when he was given the accolade.
Born: 9th of March 1966
Played For: St Kilda/Sydney (1983-1994/1995-1999 & 2002)
No. Of Games: 181 (183/98)
No. Of Goals: 1,360 (898/462)
Tony Lockett is the only full-forward to ever have been awarded the highly coveted Brownlow Medal, and with 1,360 goals to his name in a 181-game career, he holds the record as the highest goal scorer in the VFL/AFL. A firm favourite in the AFL Hall of Fame, Lockett is a four-time Coleman Medallist and has six times scored over 100 goals in a single season.
Born: 4th of February 1973
Played For: Essendon (1992 – 2007)
No. Of Games: 253
No. Of Goals: 343
Former skipper of the Bombers, Hird was a superb attacking midfielder and in 1996 was awarded the Brownlow Medal jointly with Michael Voss. Ending his career with his fifth Best & Fairest award, Hird retired at the end of the 2007 season, and in 2002 was voted by Essendon fans as the number three ranked player on the all-time list of Bombers AFL players.
Born: 7th of July 1975
Played For: Brisbane Bears/Lions (1992-2006)
No. Of Games: 289
No. Of Goals: 245
Now the senior coach of the Brisbane Lions, Voss was a former midfielder for the club, and throughout his career skippered the side to four consecutive AFL Grand Finals, winning three. The inspirational player is noted as one of the best of his generation, able to turn the tempo of a game with just a single touch of the ball.
Born: 8th of September 1983
Played For: West Coast/Carlton (2002-2007/2008 to date)
No. Of Games: 184 (134/169)
No. Of Goals: 169 (138/31)
Judd is one of the most feared players in current day AFL, and the midfielder now represents the Blues, previously playing for the Eagles. He has four times been awarded All-Australian jumpers, including one as skipper in 2008. His accolades are endless having won the Brownlow Medal, the Norm Smith Medal and the AFL Premiership as a captain, while his vision for goal is blinding and certainly causes his opponents grief.