The bad boy Dustin Martin of Richmond and Patrick Dangerfield of Geelong can be compared to chalk and cheese from the footy ground.
As far as the general public knows about it.
‘Dusty’ Martin doesn’t care much about revealing to the rest of the world what actually drives him.
In the wild, he is often described as aloof, arrogant and perhaps a little preoccupied with his own opinion of himself.
He has, of course, good reasons for thinking that way.
Danger is the opposite.
The Cat superstar has participated in endless interviews for television, radio and newspapers this season.
Saturday’s AFL Grand Final takes shape as the Dusty versus Danger show, with the hopes of their respective teams and their countless fans on their shoulders.
Patrick Dangerfield poses with his kids Felicity and George at a Geelong Cats AFL media venue at GMHBA Stadium last year
Dustin Martin cuts a fine figure off the field
Dustin Martin celebrates a goal in the 2019 AFL Grand Final between the Richmond Tigers and the GWS Giants in the MCG
Patrick Dangerfield in action during the 2020 AFL Second Preliminary Final between the Brisbane Lions and the Geelong Cats
While both are undisputed champions, their lives are worlds apart.
Dangerfield has little qualms about putting wife Mardi and children George and Felicity in the spotlight.
Dangerfield is easy going, friendly and comfortable with journalists and fans.
Reporters have practically given up on even trying to get Martin to attend a press conference.
Aside from the interviews he gave when adding to his trophy cabinet, Martin’s recent press engagement attempts were newsworthy for no other reason than how badly they fared.
About this time last year, Martin made headlines after being asked what his girlfriend thought of the underwear he was sprucing up.
He was saved by his manager Ralph Carr who pushed the reporter in the back.
It was a similar scenario in 2017, while Martin was promoting a real football, but he felt offended being asked about ongoing contract negotiations.
Dustin Martin and manager Ralph Carr after Dusty won the 2017 Brownlow Medal
Dustin Martin didn’t want to discuss his personal life at a bond press conference
A bloody Patrick Dangerfield during the AFL First Qualifying Final match between Port Adelaide Power and Geelong Cats
AT A GLANCE
Martin: 187 cm tall and weighs 93 kg
Dangerfield: 189 cm tall and weighs 92 kg
Martin: 29 years old
Dangerfield, 30 years old
Martin scores an average of 25 divestments, 1.10 goals and 4.76 per game in the 1950s
Dangerfield averaged 23.99 divestments, 1.12 goals and 4.82 in a 50s game
But Martin doesn’t really need to engage with the media to do what he does best.
He not only holds two Brownlow medals, but also a pair of Norm Smith medals for best on the ground in Richmond’s 2017 and 2019 premiership victories.
‘That’s what you play footy for. That’s why I play a team sport, ”Martin told reporters in a rare interview.
Those who know the Tiger personally seem to agree that Martin is extremely shy, which could explain some of his behavior in public.
He’s been associated with a slew of beauties over the years, but hasn’t made a decision on them – well, not that he’d talk about it anyway.
Martin’s relationship with the public and media could go back to the very public battles of his own father Shane.
The former Rebels bikie has been deported twice back to New Zealand and will again be forced to watch his son play in the Grand Final from abroad.
It’s a tragedy for Martin, whatever you think of his father.
Dustin Martin and his father Shane, who was sent back to New Zealand
Martin has previously been linked with food blogger and physiotherapist Tania Acitelli in Sydney
Last year, it was reported that Martin was dating glamor model Chontelle Berryman.
Martin’s fans couldn’t care less about what he does off the field.
As long as he shows up on weekends and takes home Tiger premierships, he can practically do whatever he wants.
At the bottom of the highway, in Geelong, Dangerfield is playing a different game.
He has a schoolboy look, charm and not a single tattoo in sight.
Dangerfield loves the outdoors and comes across as the kind of guy you love nothing more than sitting by the river and enjoying a few cans while listening to the footy on the radio.
Dangerfield actually hosts its own fishing and outdoor adventure radio show.
Statistically, the two are not too far apart on the field.
DANGER DUST BY NUMBERS
Games: 268. Finals: 19 (8 wins, 11 losses)
Divestments average: 23.99
Goals average: 1.12
Goal assists average: 0.65
Clearances average: 5.42
Average in the 50s: 4.82
Brownlow Medal: 2016
All Australian: 8 times
Club champion: 4 times
Games: 243 games. Finals: 14 (9 wins, 5 losses)
Divestments average: 25
Goals average: 1.10
Goal assists average: 0.73
Clearances average: 4.13
Average within the 50s: 4.76
Brownlow Medal: 2017
Norm Smith Medal: 2017, 2019
All Australian: 4 times
Club champion: 2 times
Dustin Martin signs autographs at the Richmond Tigers AFL Family Day in 2014
Patrick Dangerfield hammered it out last year at the Cats’ post-AFL season celebrations at the Cremorne Hotel
Dangerfield’s son George grumbles while his father gives a press conference
Patrick Dangerfield has another video call with journalists this year while in lockdown
They are both Brownlow medalists and together have won six AFL best and fairest awards, two Norm Smith medals and been on the All-Australian team 12 times.
They are comparable in height and weight, almost the same age, and their statistics on the field are almost identical.
The more playful Dangerfield seems to have enjoyed it more, despite failing to get hold of a Premiership Medallion.
In 2017, Dangerfield attended a press conference with his head tied, arm in a sling and on crutches in a hysterical response to criticism that he suffered too many injuries.
When not surfing or fishing at Moggs Creek, just off the Great Ocean Road, he keeps football fans down with his comments and impersonation skills.
Before his first child was born, Dangerfield and his wife shot a video discussing baby names, noise canceling headphones and family plans.
Dangerfield said his first child could choose whatever future they wanted “as long as it’s football.”
Come Saturday night, only one cat will leave the GABBA with a smile on his face.
Patrick Dangerfield and his wife Mardi arrive at Metricon Stadium during the Brownlow Medal Count 2020
Dangerfield and Cats coach Chris Scott during the 2020 AFL Second Preliminary Final match against the Brisbane Lions
Dustin Martin is comfortable with friends and family
Dustin Martin (right) messes with former Ekster champion Dane Swan
At ease: Dustin Martin (left) feels at ease among friends and on the footy field