Kevin Sheedy: Australian Football

Kevin John Sheedy AM (born 24 December 1947) is a former Australian rules footballer who represented Richmond, kicking 91 goals, in the Victorian Football League. He also coached for five decades. An AFL icon and VFL/AFL record-holder, Sheedy played and coached a total of 929 games over 47 years from 1967 until 2013.

Greatest Sporting Achievements

Kevin Sheedy was the coach for Essendon for 27 years and a player of Richmond for 12 years, holding the AFL record for the most games combined as a player and coach. He became Richmond’s Best and Fairest in 1976, Media Association Player of the Year in 1974 and the club’s captain in 1978. He was inducted into the Richmond Hall of Fame. Sheedy’s achievements, as a coach for Essendon and Great Western Sydney, included 2 VFL Team of The Year, 3 All-Australian, 4 VFL/AFL Premiership and Essendon Team of the Century. In 1998, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia. Two years later, he was given the Australian Sports Medal and Centenary Medal. By 2009, Kevin Sheedy was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

Why Was He So Good?

Kevin Sheedy had an uncanny knack to accomplish the wood on seemingly more gifted opponents, repeatedly by use of psychological schemes which were not instantly inclined to analysis. He was in no way the most graceful or balanced; he concealed a masterful football intelligence which shortly would be set to great application as Essendon’s coach. As a coach, Kevin Sheedy is perhaps the most continuing and creative mind in the history of the Australian Football League. He achieved everything the game has to offer and remains to be one of the most talented footballers in history.

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