While boxers like Deontay Wilder can punch extremely hard and former soccer greats like Roberto Carlos could strike the ball with immense power, a selection of tough athletes has managed to showcase their robustness in the AFL over the years. In fact, it’s these types of players that fans enjoy watching most of the time.
The AFL has certainly done its best to try and sanitise the sport in recent times, though. Even away from Aussie rules football, other sports are receiving similar treatment. For example, in soccer, heading the ball is being scrutinised more than ever before after numerous head and brain-related issues with retired footballers. Likewise, there have been ongoing concerns at the amount of potentially destructive head shots boxers continually take before the referee steps in to end a particular bout. In the AFL, hard knocks to the head are certainly discouraged these days too, resulting in an undoubtedly safer but ultimately softer overall product.
With the AFL taking this stance, some of the aforementioned hard nuts of old probably wouldn’t have been able to perform to the same violent standards of old. For some, it’s about time. For others, though, the sport just isn’t what it used to be. Now, some AFL fans are turning to other sports, with many indulging in online betting around the UFC or attending any boxing fights ahead a title decider. The AFL’s hardest-ever men are therefore most definitely missed from the sport, with the harder hits and the tough game of years gone by being largely missed by most diehard supporters. With that in mind, let’s salute some of the AFL’s toughest men. Make no mistake about it; they’re a dying breed.