Written by AFL Online on 6th Aug 2008
One of footballs greats, Robert Harvey, will hang up his boots at seasons end after announcing today that this season would be the last for the St Kilda veteran. Continue reading for Stats & Video!
The 36-year-old called a press conference this morning to announce his decision to retirement from AFL after 21 long seasons of playing at the highest level, more than any other player in the history of the sport. His achievements over his career are remarkable, see Harvey’s career awards and records listed below.
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement from football,” Harvey told a packed media conference.
“St Kilda Football Club has been my life for over 20 years but after discussions between myself and the club I have come to the realisation that it is the right time to move on.”
Admitting he could have retired years ago Harvey said he continued playing on in hope he would one day play in a premiership team. With the Saints gunning down a position in the top 4 this year there is still hope of a fairytale finish.
After 376 games Harvey said he knew it was time to call it quits.
“I had a feeling in myself the time was right,” Harvey said. “It’s the hardest thing I’ve done.”
Awards and Records
- In a distinguished career, Harvey has won countless awards and medals, including consecutive Brownlow Medals, the league’s highest individual honour, in 1997 and 1998.
- Robert Harvey has been awarded over 200 Brownlow votes, making him 2nd for overall Brownlow votes in AFL/VFL history. He is the only player to ever have received votes in more than 100 games.
- He won the club best and fairest in 1992, 1994, 1997 and 1998.
- He has been selected in the All-Australian team eight times.
- He has won three E. J. Whitten Medals, the 1997 AFL Players Association Award (now known as the Leigh Matthews Trophy) and the Michael Tuck Medal for player adjudged best on ground in the Pre-season Cup Final in 2004.
- He is one of the ten players in the history of the game to play 350 or more games.
- He has played in three Pre-season Cup winning sides in 1996, 2004 and 2008, as well as the Minor Premiership and runner-up Grand Final side in 1997.
- He amassed 756 disposals in 1997, the highest single-season tally on record (recorded since 1987)
- He amassed 501 kicks in 1998, the highest single-season tally on record (recorded since 1987)
- He is the only player on record to have had over 30 possessions in more than one hundred AFL games (118 as of Round 13, 2008; recorded since 1987)
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