|Full name||Robert Osborne Shearman|
|Date of birth||14 September 1939|
|Date of death||29 June 1999(aged 59)|
|Height/Weight||178 cm / 82 kg|
|Representative team honours|
|????–????||South Australia||13 (?)|
1 Playing statistics to end of 1972 season .
Robert Osborne Shearman (14 September 1939 – 29 June 1999) was an Australian rules footballer who represented Essendon in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and West Torrens and Sturt in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Born in Melbourne, Shearman was recruited from Aberfeldie in the Essendon District League, and made his debut at 16 years of age. He became renown as a strong half back flanker who could take high marks, kick prodigious drop kicks, and was good at ground level. He played in the 1957 and 1959 Grand Final losses to Melbourne.
In 1957, Shearman received a letter from Mary Murphy, a teenage Essendon supporter from Hawthorn, who asked for a photo and an autograph. At the time, she was particularly fond of his legs. She received a reply letter from Shearman a week later complete with photos.
In 1961 at the age of 21, Shearman moved to South Australia and joined West Torrens. He represented South Australia at the 1961 carnival, winning All Australian selection and captained West Torrens in 1963 and 1964. In 1965 he stood out of football for the season awaiting a clearance to Sturt. Joining Sturt in 1966, he was a key part of that club's "Golden Era", playing in consecutive premierships from 1966 to 1970. Shearman was subsequently named a member of Sturt's "Team of the century".
Shearman was a prodigious kicker of the ball and twice won the Craven Filter national champion kick of Australia.
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