Most players who reach the captaincy of an AFL club are the driven, determined types who are steeped in the heritage of the sport and their teams.
That is not Max Gawn, a towering bearded hipster who freely admits that he would have been thrown out of the club years ago, if not because of his height.
But despite that, Gawn was appointed captain of Melbourne on Monday – the most established of Victorian clubs since its founding in 1858.
In his teenage years, Gawn happily worked at Domino and was set up at the AFL as a project player with the potential to develop into a ruckman, but whose super relaxed approach to training and diet almost saw him fired.
A decade ago the sweet larrikin had a modest introduction to the working world after being released from his job in the hospitality industry by his own mother.
Melbourne Demons ruckman (pictured with his fiancee Jessica Todd) has thought about his rise from Domino’s Pizza to the captaincy of the legendary club
Gawn, 28, was announced Monday as the demons’ first single captain in four years on Monday
Gawn (pictured in his younger years) said he “nailed everything” while working on the fast-food pizza chain
‘Who schedules someone at 7 o’clock on a Sunday after a 17th birthday? I didn’t show up that day and she told me not to come on Monday, so I worked at Domino’s pizza for four years, “he said. Herald Sun..
Gawn is ready this year to open a wine bar in the interior of Melbourne, but as a teenager he said that his focus was on making the perfect fast food pizza as quickly as possible.
“I’ve made everything right – the speed, the weight, the appearance of the pizza – but I’ve put too many pieces of pepperoni on a Meatlovers,” he said.
The diligent young man said he was awarded the title of Victoria’s number two pizza maker, a prize that he competes with the $ 5,000 he won at the Flemington Racecourse when he chose the always elusive ‘quaddie’ – the winner of the last four races at the Map.
Gawn’s parents moved from New Zealand to Australia with little money or qualifications, the footy player said.
His father was a fireman, while his mother worked as a hairdresser.
Gawn was drafted by Melbourne at the age of 17 after recruiters saw his skills across the country
The youth first struggled to make a name for themselves in the AFL, before exploding to success from 2016. He is depicted as jumping for a ball in the Victorian Football League in 2011
On March 22, Gawn will lead the demons against the West Coast Eagles at the Optus Stadium in Perth
Gawn is shown second from the right at the Virgin Australia AFL All Australian Awards 2019. He said his parents hardly knew anything about the sport when he was first drafted
Gawn – who described himself as a class threat but a skilled maths student – was drafted by Melbourne as a teenager after recruiters noticed his skills across the country.
He said his parents hardly knew anything about the Australian rules and still tried a goal.
At the time, he said they embarrassed him by asking the recruiters fundamental questions about the rules of the sport.
The athlete sat down on one knee to introduce his partner Jess at the Queenstown Hill Summit in Queenstown, New Zealand in 2018
The youngster won only 39 games with Melbourne between 2010 and 2015, but grew up the following year.
In 2018, he was named AFL Coaches’ Association player of the year.
On March 22, he should allow recovery from a minor injury to lead the Demons against the West Coast Eagles at the Optus Stadium in Perth.
The footy great said that his fiancée Jess was not fond of footballers at first, but he got a second date after paying for her drink
The footy great also thought about the start of his relationship with his now fiancé Jess.
The couple shared their first Instagram post in 2014, but Gawn said it took him a year to date with her.
“She wasn’t fond of going out with football players, but I paid for the drink and got a second date … I hope I found the right girl because that was a pretty expensive ring,” he said.
The athlete sat on one knee at the Queenstown Hill Summit in New Zealand in 2018.
“The chances were not in my favor, but she said yes. My only real one, “he wrote an Instagram message announcing the engagement in December of that year.