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Key Facts

Full name
John Kennedy Jnr

Known as
John Kennedy

22 November 1959 (age 63)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 171d
Last game: 31y 149d

Height and weight
Height: 190 cm
Weight: 90 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Hawthorn: 34

Family links
John Kennedy Snr (Father)Josh Kennedy (Son)Felix Russo (Father-in-law)

John Kennedy

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 9,080th player to appear, 328th most games played, 377th most goals kickedHawthorn: 665th player to appear, 19th most games played, 26th most goals kicked

The son of Hawthorn's three time premiership coach John Kennedy senior, John junior never tried to emulate his father in the coaching sphere, but lost nothing in comparison as a player. He joined the Hawks from amateur club De La Salle, and quickly impressed as having all the attributes typically associated with the club - strength, courage, determination, and impressive physical fitness.

Kennedy made his senior VFL debut in 1979, aged 19, and over the course of his 13-season, 241-game, 210-goal league career was a member of no fewer than four Hawthorn premiership teams, but when he was not selected in the side which took on, and eventually beat, West Coast in the 1991 Grand Final, he decided to retire. Richmond coach Allan Jeans had other ideas, however, and persuaded him to sign for the Tigers. However, Kennedy never managed to break into the club's senior team. During his time with Hawthorn he had played one state of origin game for Victoria .

Author - John Devaney


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