Rutten as Richmond assistant coach in May 2018
|Full name||Benjamin Rutten|
|Date of birth||28 May 1983|
|Place of birth||Adelaide, Australia|
|Original team(s)||West Adelaide (SANFL)|
40th overall, 2001 Rookie Draft (Elevated 2002)|
|Height||192 cm (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||101 kg (223 lb)|
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Benjamin "Truck" Rutten (born 28 May 1983) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was known for his size, strength and ability to contain some of the game's best forwards.
Recruited from South Australian National Football League (SANFL) club West Adelaide in the 2001 Rookie Draft, Rutten made his AFL debut in 2003 as a forward, joining an elite club of players who have goaled with each of their first three kicks.
Rutten was moved to defence and made a name for himself as a tough full-back, coming of age in the 2005 AFL season, where he was part of Adelaide's sturdy defensive unit, and often held his opponents to two goals or less. This earned Rutten All-Australian selection in 2005, and Rutten has been an integral part of Adelaide's defence ever since. He and fellow All-Australian defender Nathan Bock formed one of the most capable defensive partnerships in the AFL prior to Bock's transfer to the Gold Coast Suns.
Rutten gave away the controversial game deciding free kick in the 2009 semi-final by holding the arm of Collingwood forward Jack Anthony who scored Collingwood's winning goal in the last 55 seconds. This finished the season for the Adelaide Football Club.
On 1 July 2014, Rutten announced that he would retire at the end of the 2014 season, hinting a possible move into coaching. He played his last game against St Kilda on 31 August 2014, scoring his ninth and final AFL goal in the last kick of his career.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- "Adelaide Crows veteran defender Ben Rutten confirms his retirement at end of 2014 AFL season". ABC. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
- "Ben Rutten kicked his ninth AFL goal to cap off his final game in Adelaide Crows win". The Australian. 31 August 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
- "Richmond Coaches". richmondfc.com.au. Richmond Football Club. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
- "Ben Rutten statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
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- Ben Rutten's playing statistics from AFL Tables