Chris Grant (footballer)
Christopher Lee "Chris" Grant (born 13 December 1972) is a former Australian rules football player in the Australian Football League, a legend of the Western Bulldogs and a member of the Australian Football Hall of Fame. He was born in Daylesford, Victoria, Australia.
|Full name||Christopher Lee Grant|
|Date of birth||13 December 1972|
|Place of birth||Daylesford, Victoria|
|Draft||No. 105, 1988 national draft|
|Height||193 cm (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||99 kg (218 lb)|
|1990–2007||Footscray/Western Bulldogs||341 (554)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2007.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Grant was recruited by the Footscray Football Club (now Western Bulldogs) in the 1988 VFL Draft at pick number 105, and played his first AFL game in 1990 at the age of 17. Grant kicked 51 goals that season, the youngest player in VFL-AFL history to achieve this feat, to be the leading goalkicker for the club.
Over the following years, Grant established himself as a respected player in the half-forward position. He earned All-Australian honours in 1994 and 1996. He appeared in the 1997 documentary Year of the Dogs alongside the rest of the Footscray team. He polled 27 votes in the 1997 Brownlow Medal, one more than winner Robert Harvey; however, he was ineligible to win the award due to a one-match suspension for striking Hawthorn's Nick Holland. The incident [high contact while attempting to spoil a mark] was not deemed reportable by the umpires but Director of Football Operations Ian Collins decided Chris should be sent to the tribunal.
In 2001 he was named team captain, and was selected as a member of the Footscray & Western Bulldogs 'Team of the Century' in 2002. He missed the 2003 season to an ACL injury sustained in Round 1. He relinquished the captaincy at the end of the 2004 season.
Grant has played over 300 games and scored more than 500 goals throughout his career, an astonishing feat considering he spent much of his career at centre half back, playing on the game's best key forwards. He won the club best-and-fairest award in 1994 and 1996 (and came second in 1997, 1998, and 1999, and third in 2001). He gained third place in the 1996 Brownlow Medal. He received All-Australian Honours in 1997, 1998, and 1999. He was the club's leading goal-kicker in 1990 and 1994.
In playing his 330th game on 5 August 2006, Grant broke Doug Hawkins' record for most games played for the Western Bulldogs. He held the club games record until 2009, when he was passed by Brad Johnson.
Near the end of 1996 Grant was offered a large amount of money to move to Port Adelaide, but one factor which changed his mind was when a little boy, Ryan Adams, sent him a letter with an attached 20-cent coin saying it was all he had and that Grant could keep it if he stayed with the Western Bulldogs.
Chris Grant came out of retirement to represent his old club in Daylesford and in his first game of the season kicked 11 goals.
Grant continues to support the Western Bulldogs. Currently he is the Director of the Football Department.
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- Daffey, Paul (13 June 2012). "Dogs' humble champ". Archived from the original on 19 October 2012.
- Edmund, Sam (18 June 2008). "Champions call for update to Brownlow reprimand ruling". Herald Sun. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
- The Age 14 May 1997
- Len Johnson, The Age (21 April 2005). "Grant's grand regret".
- AAP (2 October 2007). "Chris Grant announces retirement". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011.
- "Isabella Grant to join AFLW Bulldogs". Western Bulldogs. 11 October 2019. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
- Chris Grant's player profile at AFL Tables