NAIDOC WEEK 7-14 JULY 2019

Andrew McLeod

2009
Sportsperson of the Year

Born and raised in Darwin, Andrew McLeod must rank as one of the greatest ever Indigenous AFL players.

Andrew was drafted by the Fremantle Dockers in 1994. He was traded to the Adelaide Crows in 1995, a decision the Dockers would come to regret big time.

He has thrilled fans with artistry and dash in over 300 AFL games and has played more games than any other Indigenous player. In May 2009 Andrew claimed the all time appearance record for the Adelaide Crows. At 33 he is still going strong.

Andrew was named in the Indigenous Team of the Century and has captained the Indigenous All Stars on three occasions. He has been chosen in the All Australian side five times, including as captain in 2007.

Andrew is a dual premiership player and is the only player to have won consecutive Norm Smith medals for best player on ground in the Adelaide Crow’s Grand Final wins of 1997 and 1998.

He is a champion off the field as well. Passionate about helping the community, and in particular working with kids, Andrew has a “never say no” attitude to the vast number of requests he receives.

Of the countless stories of Andrew’s work in the community, one stands out.

In 2007 Andrew received a letter from an Aboriginal foster boy who had stopped playing football after he experienced racist bullying. Moved by his story, Andrew organised for him to attend an AFL match with his family and meet the boy in person. To this day, they are still in contact.

Andrew’s volunteer work was recognised in 2007 when he won the Variety Heart of Football for his outstanding commitment to children.

Andrew McLeod – a legend on and off the field.