|Full name||John Noel William Newman|
|Date of birth||22 December 1945|
|Place of birth||Geelong, Victoria, Australia|
|Original team||Geelong Grammar School|
|Height/Weight||189 cm / 94 kg|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1980 season.
Early life and football career
His full name is John Noel William Newman. Newman attended Geelong Grammar. Newman made his debut for Geelong in 1964 when he was 18 years old. During the first semi-final against Collingwood in 1967, Newman suffered a serious injury which forced surgeons to remove part of his kidney. He won his club's "best and fairest" award in 1968 and 1975. He was also selected as an All-Australian player in 1969 and played for the Victorian State team eight times. Newman retired in 1980, having polled 100 Brownlow Medal votes throughout his career. In 2002, he was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.
On 6 July 2010, Newman played in a charity match playing for Victoria in the annual EJ Whitten Legends Game. Newman kicked four goals from four kicks and three marks to be named best on ground, despite his team losing to the All Stars by seven points.
Newman joined radio station 3AW as a football commentator in 1981 and continued with the station through until the end of the 1999 season, he also appeared on World of Sport on Channel 7 for seven years from 1981-1987.
His other media appearances have included the Sunday sports show Any Given Sunday in 2005, World of Sport, The Sunday Footy Show and also co-hosting the short lived Sam and The Fatman with Paul "Fatty" Vautin. On radio station Triple M, Newman previews Friday night and Saturday afternoon matches. He formerly provided special comments during AFL games on Triple M, as well as 3AW previously.
From April 2010, he was a part of the MTR (Melbourne Talk Radio) lineup, providing opinion and participating in talkback between 9.00 am and 9.30 am, during the Steve Price breakfast programme. Newman quit the station in January 2012, after the breakfast producer censored Newman's profanity.
Newman has been involved in several incidents of public controversy. Reports indicate that Newman is deliberately controversial, and that his on-air persona is nothing like his true self. Particular incidents include:
- 1997 – Newman's former girlfriend drove his own car into him outside his house, breaking his leg and an ankle.
- 1999 – On The Footy Show Newman blacked up his face to impersonate indigenous footballer Nicky Winmar, at a time when racial vilification charges were being levelled at some AFL players.
- 2005 – A female fan broke a window whilst trying to break into his Brighton house.
- 2008 – Mocking television personality and The Age newspaper writer Caroline Wilson regarding how she was dressed on Footy Classified three days earlier by bringing a mannequin model onto stage and stapling a cardboard cut-out of Wilson on the face of the model and "experimenting" with different outfits. Newman then moved the model about. Wilson brought the issue up on Footy Classified on the following week's episode, speaking of her disappointment to Garry Lyon, Newman's co-presenter on The Footy Show.
- 2009 – The Nine Network and Newman were sued for defamation by a female board member of the Western Bulldogs football team after he said on air that she was a "liar" and "hypocrite". They settled for $220,000 plus costs.
- 2009 – 17 September. During the Footy Show broadcast Newman likened a Malaysian man to a monkey, being "not long out of the forest". The Australian Communications and Media Authority ruled Newman was likely to have "provoked severe ridicule on the basis of the man's colour and race". Newman's employer, Channel Nine, offered to donate $200,000 to charity in the event of any future code breach and had "agreed to a number of other provisions in the enforceable undertaking, including significant senior management overview of the materials to be used by Mr Newman and a broad-ranging reporting regime and training obligation".
- 2010 – 30 June. Newman was criticised for disrespect to Aboriginal beliefs when he revealed on a radio show that he had hit a golf ball off the summit of Uluru.
- 2012 – 4 May. Newman caused controversy by pretending to smoke a bong on The Footy Show.
Newman in 2002 released a compilation album entitled I Do My Best Work After Midnight, consisting of 13 selections from other artists, as well as two songs sung by Newman himself – "Witchcraft" and "I've Got You Under My Skin".
On 5 March 2008 it was revealed that Newman was in hospital, undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. Newman allowed the Channel Nine's program 60 Minutes to film his operation. It contained footage filmed earlier that day in which Newman's urologist told him that the operation had been a success and that he had been cleared of the cancer.
- Australian Football - Sam Newman
- AFL Tables - Sam Newman - Stats - Statistics
- Herald Sun - The modern ruckman must be over 200cm tall to compete in Land of the Giants
- Herald Sun - Sam Newman's year of living dangerously
- Geelong Grammar teacher reflects on career | ABC 7:30 Report Transcript
- AFL - It's 50 years of footy with Geelong great and TV personality John 'Sam' Newman
- Drill, Stephen (25 January 2012). "Sam Newman quits troubled station MTR over use of F-word on air". Herald Sun. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
- The Trouble With Sam
- Hewitt, Sue (1 June 2008). "Eddie McGuire's plea to Sam Newman". Sunday Herald Sun.
- Newman's 'aggressive' female wake-up call – National – www.smh.com.au
- "Sports Factor – Indigenous All Stars". ABC. 18 February 2005. Retrieved 2009-08-18.
- "Round 3 Preview". The Footy Show. Season 15. Episode 4. 2008-04-03.
- "Round 3 Review". Footy Classified. Season 3. Episode 4. 2008-04-07.
- "Defamation costs Channel Nine, Footy Show's Sam Newman $200K". AAP. 16 November 2009.
- Kellett, Christine (7 September 2010). "Newman's 'monkey' gibe costs Nine 200 gorillas". Melbourne. The Age.
- "Rock rage rolls on". Northern Territory News. 30 June 2010.
- "Sam Newman smokes bong on The Footy Show". Herald Sun. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
- The Advertiser's 'SA Weekend' Magazine, 21/03/09, 'Bovver Boy', pg. 9, cover article
- Herald Sun article on Sam getting a helmet fine
- The Advertiser's 'SA Weekend' Magazine, 21/03/09, 'Bovver Boy', pg. 6, cover article
- Collier, Karen (5 March 2008). "Sam Newman has prostate cancer". Herald Sun.
- Sam Newman diagnosed with cancer
- "Two of us". The Sydney Morning Herald. 19 April 2014.
- Evans, Chris (10 March 2008). "Newman clear but urges cancer tests". The Age. p. 6.
- Australian Football – Sam Newman
- AFL statistics
- Sam Newman's statistics from AFL Tables
- Sam Newman at the Internet Movie Database
- The Footy Show AFL official website