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Key Facts

Full name
Rick Kennedy

Known as
Rick Kennedy

11 December 1960 (age 62)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 121d
Last game: 30y 263d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Footscray: 54, 8

Family links
Trent Cotchin (Son-in-law)

Rick Kennedy

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 9,238th player to appear, 1,169th most games played, 2,719th most goals kickedFootscray: 712th player to appear, 58th most games played, 177th most goals kicked

Rick Kennedy was a gritty, hard working, hard hitting full back whose style of play was Footscray through and through. He hailed from Traralgon, and made his senior VFL debut in 1981. When he retired in 1991 he had played 158 games for the Bulldogs, kicking 34 goals. He was appointed Footscray captain in 1986, and made his sole state of origin appearance for Victoria the same year. Kennedy retained the club captaincy for three seasons.

Although Kennedy seldom racked up high disposal tallies, neither did his opponents, most of whom would leave the ground at the end of a match nursing numerous bruises and sore spots. Kennedy's enthusiasm and determination were such that he was prone, on occasion, to falling foul of umpires, and during the course of his career he was hauled before the Tribunal on no fewer than half a dozen occasions.

Author - John Devaney


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