Healy in July 2010
|Date of birth||1 March 1961|
|1986–1990||Sydney Swans||81 (87)|
|Representative team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1990.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Beginning his career with the Melbourne Football Club in 1979, Healy played mostly in a forward pocket role in attack before switching to an on-baller/midfielder role and establishing himself as one of the premier ball winners in the competition. He won Melbourne's best and fairest award in 1984.
He left the Demons in 1985, after playing 121 games, moving to the Sydney Swans at the beginning of the 1986 season. He immediately made an impact at the Swans, winning best and fairests in his first three years with the team – 1986, 1987, 1988. Season 1988 was to prove the finest of his career. In addition to the Swans' Best & Fairest award, Healy took home the Brownlow Medal as the VFL's fairest and best player, the VFL Players Association MVP and the Simpson Medal for best on ground in the Victoria vs Western Australia state game played in Perth. He retired from Sydney in 1991 due to a serious wrist injury. He was later recognised as one of Sydney's greats, being named in their Team of the Century. Following his forced retirement Collingwood picked Healy in the 1991 Pre-Season Draft on the chance that his injury would recover but Healy never played another AFL match.
In 2000 Healy was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame. On 18 July 2009, he was also inducted into the Sydney Swans Hall of Fame.
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Honours and achievements
|Brownlow Medal votes|
|Green / Bold = Won|
After retiring, Healy became an Australian rules football commentator, first with the Seven Network on their AFL coverage.
On radio, he has also been a long-time special comments man on 3AW for their AFL coverage, as well as hosting Sports Today since 1996. He gave a heartfelt farewell message on the show to his co-host David Hookes after his death in 2004. Hookes was later replaced on the show by Dwayne Russell.
Healy worked as a special commentator (or game analyst) for the Nine Network for the 2002 & 2003 seasons, before moving to Fox Footy Channel from 2004 until its closure in 2006 as well as hosting ‘’On the Couch’’. He continued his commentary role for AFL matches with Fox Sports from 2007.
Gerard Healy is married to Lisa (née Gluyas) and together they have three daughters.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Gerard Healy.|
- Carbone, Suzanne (20 January 2004). "Station shocked as one of its 'family' is the story – www.theage.com.au". Melbourne: theage.com.au. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
- Gerard Healy's player profile at AFL Tables
- "Fox Footy expert Gerard Healy can see funny side after his on-air Gold Coast Suns gaffe went viral". www.foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 1 July 2015.