Shane Crawford

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Shane Crawford
Personal information
Full name Shane Barry Crawford
Date of birth (1974-09-09) 9 September 1974 (age 48)
Place of birth Mount Barker, South Australia
Original team(s) Finley/Assumption College
Draft No. 13, 1991 national draft
Debut Round 1, 1993, Hawthorn
vs. Melbourne, at Waverley Park
Height 174 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight 80 kg (176 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1992–2008 Hawthorn 305 (224)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1993 NSW/ACT 1 (1)
1996–1998 Allies 2 (2)
International team honours
1998–2003 Australia 8 (3)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2008.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Shane Barry Crawford (born 9 September 1974) is an Australian rules football coach and former player who is currently the head coach with the Ardmona Cats[2] who played 305 senior games for the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL) and won the league's highest individual honour, the Brownlow Medal. He is currently an Australian television personality who has regularly appeared on Nine Network shows Getaway, Postcards[3] and Kids' WB.

AFL career[edit]

Crawford spent his childhood in Finley, New South Wales, and played his junior football with the Finley Football Club.[4] He attended boarding school at Assumption College in Kilmore, Victoria and was selected by Hawthorn with the 13th pick in the 1991 AFL Draft. He made his debut in 1993.[5]

Crawford played 305 career AFL games. He is also a four-time All-Australian player and played in three International Rules series for Australia.[6] He became captain of Hawthorn in 1999 and that season also won the AFL's top individual honours, the Brownlow Medal and the Leigh Matthews Trophy. He has won four Hawthorn Best & Fairest Awards (1998, 1999, 2002, 2003) and came equal fourth in the Brownlow in 2003, losing to the winners by one vote. He was also a member of Hawthorn's 2008 premiership side.

Crawford stepped down from the Hawthorn captaincy after the 2004 season, in which he broke his arm and the Hawks finished second last on the AFL ladder. He regained some form in the 2005 season, during which he played his 250th AFL game against the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba,[7] and was again one of the league's leading possession winners.

He played his 300th game for Hawthorn against the Brisbane Lions in Round 19 in 2008 in Launceston when Hawthorn defeated the Lions by 69 points.[6]

On 27 September 2008, Crawford won his first premiership in his 305th AFL match, aged 34. He played more AFL games before receiving his first premiership medal than any other player.

Crawford was offered another year with the Hawks,[8] but he announced his retirement, wanting to go out on a high note. He ended his career after Hawthorn won the 2008 Grand Final and is now remembered as one of the greatest midfielders in the modern era of AFL football.[9]

In 2012, Crawford was inducted in the Australian Football Hall of Fame.[10]

Media career[edit]

Crawford is currently a presenter on Channel Nine, being part of two current shows. He was a regular panel member of the sports program The AFL Footy Show (from 2009 until its axing in 2019); a presenter on holiday and destination programs Getaway and Postcards (since 2008), and a presenter on the children's program Kids' WB (since 2014).[3] In 2011, he was also a contestant on the first season of Channel 9's series The Celebrity Apprentice, on which celebrities compete for charities of their choosing. Crawford raised $49,311 for his charity, the Breast Cancer Network Australia. He finished third overall behind dance guru Jason Coleman and actor/comedian Julia Morris.[11]

In 2020, he became a stand-in presenter in the 4th season of Australian Ninja Warrior and was the main sideline presenter in the 2021 season with a guest appearance from tennis player Nick Kyrgios.

World records[edit]

In 2009 Crawford set five Guinness world records during broadcasts of The Footy Show.

  • Having 157 live Golden Orb spiders on his body inside a large tank for 30 seconds.[12]
  • Kissing 96 people on the face in a minute.[13]
  • By putting on 180 pairs of underwear, surpassing the former world record of 150.[14]
  • Crawford and previous Stawell Gift winner Adrian Mott broke the world record for the 100m sprint while both inside a single pantomime horse costume.[15]
  • Cracked 90 eggs with his head in a minute.[14]

Author[edit]

In 2010, Crawford released his autobiography, That's What I'm Talking About, written in conjunction with Glenn McFarlane and released in soft-cover and eBook editions.[16] A Junior Edition was released later.[17]

In March 2014, a series of children's books with football themes, co-authored by Crawford and Adrian Beck were released.[18] The books revolve around the character "Nick" who is the captain of the Cobar Creek Crocs football team. The four books, released in paperback and eBook formats, are: Crawf's Kick it to Nick: The Cursed Cup, Crawf's Kick it to Nick: Outbreak on the Oval, Crawf's Kick it to Nick: Bugs from Beyond and Crawf's Kick it to Nick: Forward Line Freak.

Breast cancer fundraising[edit]

On 16 September 2010, Crawford completed a 780 km run named "That's What I'm Walking About"[3] from Rundle Mall in Adelaide to the Channel 9 studio in Melbourne to raise awareness for breast cancer. He took a total of 11 days to complete the run and, as a welcome into Melbourne, ran the final leg into the Channel 9 Footy Show's studio where the panel and crowd awaited his arrival. Hundreds of "pink ladies" who were affected in some way by breast cancer showed their appreciation and support by making way for Crawford as he ran into the studio. Crawford appeared humbled and initially struggled to come to terms with what he had achieved and the stories that he had heard along the journey from breast cancer sufferers and family/friends of those with breast cancer. His efforts raised $500,000 for the cause.[19]

In June and July 2013, Crawford cycled 3,600 km from Melbourne to Perth in a fundraising event named "Tour de Crawf" that took place over 22 days. He averaged nearly 170 km per day and in total he raised $1,328,249 for the Breast Cancer Network Australia.[3][20]

Honours[edit]

In October 2000, Crawford was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for services to Australian football.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Crawford and his longtime partner Olivia Anderson have four sons: Charlie (born 2006), Benjamin (born 2008), and twins Jack and Harry (born 2011).[3] He has two brothers, Andrew and Justin.[22]

Crawford's interests outside football are diverse, including his passion for horse racing. In 2011, he launched his children's wear range, Kiniki, onto the market.

Statistics[edit]

Legend
  G  
Goals
  K  
Kicks
  D  
Disposals 
  T  
Tackles
  B  
Behinds 
  H  
Handballs 
  M  
Marks
  #  
Played in that season's 
premiership team
  ±  
Won that season's 
Brownlow Medal
Season Team No. Games Totals Averages (per game) Votes
G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
1992 Hawthorn 9 0 0
1993 Hawthorn 9 20 16 13 181 122 303 57 47 0.8 0.7 9.1 6.1 15.2 2.9 2.4 7
1994 Hawthorn 9 22 19 10 270 195 465 96 45 0.9 0.5 12.3 8.9 21.1 4.4 2.0 7
1995 Hawthorn 9 16 18 9 188 145 333 76 38 1.1 0.6 11.8 9.1 20.8 4.8 2.4 10
1996 Hawthorn 9 22 16 10 343 194 537 108 55 0.7 0.5 15.6 8.8 24.4 4.9 2.5 11
1997 Hawthorn 9 13 5 4 136 99 235 50 26 0.4 0.3 10.5 7.6 18.1 3.8 2.0 3
1998 Hawthorn 9 21 13 9 350 156 506 81 52 0.6 0.4 16.7 7.4 24.1 3.9 2.5 16
1999 Hawthorn 9 22 14 9 388 252 640 102 35 0.6 0.4 17.6 11.5 29.1 4.6 1.6 28±
2000 Hawthorn 9 21 24 8 237 190 427 78 59 1.1 0.4 11.3 9.0 20.3 3.7 2.8 5
2001 Hawthorn 9 21 20 8 247 195 442 89 67 1.0 0.4 11.8 9.3 21.0 4.2 3.2 14
2002 Hawthorn 9 22 19 16 307 226 533 89 87 0.9 0.7 14.0 10.3 24.2 4.0 4.0 17
2003 Hawthorn 9 22 13 9 279 237 516 65 81 0.6 0.4 12.7 10.8 23.5 3.0 3.7 21
2004 Hawthorn 9 10 6 3 118 63 181 41 38 0.6 0.3 11.8 6.3 18.1 4.1 3.8 2
2005 Hawthorn 9 21 11 5 295 207 502 133 83 0.5 0.2 14.0 9.9 23.9 6.9 4.0 7
2006 Hawthorn 9 15 15 7 196 163 359 104 24 1.0 0.5 13.1 10.9 23.9 6.9 1.6 5
2007 Hawthorn 9 23 10 9 278 261 539 122 76 0.4 0.4 12.1 11.3 23.4 5.3 3.3 6
2008# Hawthorn 9 14 5 3 132 178 310 68 47 0.4 0.2 9.4 12.7 22.1 4.9 3.4 0
Career:[23] 305 224 132 3945 2883 6828 1359 860 0.7 0.4 12.9 9.5 22.4 4.5 2.8 159

Honours and achievements[edit]

Team

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hawthorn's pocket rockets". Hawthorn Football Club. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  2. ^ Balmer, Max (8 May 2021). "Country football club snap 2121-day losing streak with the help of Hawks legend". Fox Footy. News Corp. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e Wilmoth, Peter (19 March 2014). "Man of Many Colours". The Weekly Review/Issuu. Metro Media Publishing. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  4. ^ Crawford, Shane (11 April 2010). "Comback [sic] New South Waleskid in me may play for Finley says Shane Crawford". Herald Sun. Retrieved 16 September 2010.
  5. ^ "How the list was built: Hawthorn". AFL.com.au. 26 September 2008. Archived from the original on 29 September 2008. Retrieved 26 September 2008.
  6. ^ a b Lyon, Garry (5 August 2008). "Shane Crawford's 300th game a tribute to athleticism". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  7. ^ Gigacz, Andrew (7 August 2005). "Match Details: 2005 R19 Brisbane vs Hawthorn". Australian Football. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  8. ^ "AFL News, Scores, Stats, Transfers". Real Footy. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  9. ^ "Crawford calls it quits". Fox Sports. 8 November 2008. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  10. ^ Collins, Ben (13 June 2012). "Star Hawk honoured".[dead link]
  11. ^ "Shane Crawford: Meet my new twins". Australian Women's Weekly. Australian Women's Weekly. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  12. ^ 7 May 2009. "Huge Night Tonight On Footy Show"[permanent dead link]. eNews, Retrieved on 15 August 2009.
  13. ^ 8 May 2009 ."AFL star Shane Crawford kisses up a record". PerthNOW, Retrieved on 15 August 2009.
  14. ^ a b "The Grand Final Footy Show"(Nine Network) 24 September 2009
  15. ^ "2XU's Adrian Mott teams with Shane Crawford to break World Record!".
  16. ^ Shane Crawford (28 July 2010). That's What I'm Talking About. Penguin Books Australia. ISBN 9781742530994.
  17. ^ Shane Crawford. "That's What I'm Talking About! Junior Edition (eBook)". Penguin Books. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  18. ^ "Shane Crawford (Author)". Penguin Books Australia. Penguin Books Australia. March 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  19. ^ "'That's what I'm walkin' about'". Breast Cancer Network Australia. Breast Cancer Network Australia. 2010. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  20. ^ "Tour de Crawf". Breast Cancer Network Australia. Breast Cancer Network Australia. 2013. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  21. ^ "Shane Crawford". It's An Honour. Australian Government. 24 October 2000. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  22. ^ "Shane tells of pain at dad's death". news.com.au. News Ltd. 25 July 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  23. ^ Shane Crawford's player profile at AFL Tables

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