David Schwarz (footballer)
|Full name||David Schwarz|
|Date of birth||24 July 1972|
|Height||195 cm (6 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||105 kg (231 lb)|
|Representative team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2002.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 1999 season.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Recruited from Sunbury, Schwarz made his AFL debut in 1991. As a player for the Melbourne Football Club, he was known as "the Ox" for his beast-like build. He played centre half-forward or full-forward and in 1994 kicked nine goals straight against Sydney and with some breathtaking finals performances (including "that" blind turn against Carlton). Strong marking, agile and athletic, until he suffered numerous knee injuries, playing only two games in 1995 and missing the entire 1996 season.
Schwarz resumed playing in 1997 at a weight of 103 kilograms (227 lb), which was 3 kilograms (6.6 lb) above the weight he subsequently carried in 2000. He capped his effort by winning the club’s best and fairest in 1999 and passing the 100 game mark – something that was unthinkable a few years earlier when knee injuries left his career in tatters. In typical style he celebrated with 20 of his closest mates and his mother, who had brought him up single handed since the age of eight. His father had been murdered.
He retired in the middle of 2002 having played 173 matches and kicking 244 goals.
|Led the league after season and finals|
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
In 2005, in his job on radio station SEN 1116, he admitted that during his football career he had a gambling problem and whittled away most of his income. He currently hosts Breakfast with Frank and Ox, 6–9am weekdays with Francis Leach.
- "Sydney defeated by Melbourne Round 24, Sunday, 4th September 1994". FootyWire. 4 September 1994. Retrieved 29 April 2009.
- Niall, Jake (25 May 2007). "David Schwarz's biggest battle". Fairfax Digital. Retrieved 29 April 2009.
- "David Schwarz". AFL Tables. Retrieved 3 July 2014.