AFL hard man Jonathan Brown and his Fox Footy colleagues fought back tears while standing in front of cameras and paid tribute to their deceased friend Danny Frawley, just hours after he died in a crash.
Frawley, 56, died after his ute against a tree at Ballarat in Victoria wetern – in what the police did a & # 39; significant collision scene & # 39; called – hit on Monday afternoon.
The former St. Kilda captain and the Richmond coach were originally members of the Bounce – an AFL-based light entertainment program on Fox Footy.
Just a few hours after his death, Fox colleagues brought & # 39; s from & # 39; On the Couch & # 39; emotional tribute to Frawley.
Footy hard man Jonathan Brown fought tears when he turned his late friend Danny & # 39; Spud & # 39; Frawley recalled as a & # 39; contagious & # 39; person who brought a smile to everyone's face
Frawley, 56 (with daughter Keely and partner Anita), died after his ute was struck against a tree in Ballarat, Victoria – in what the police described as a & # 39; major collision scene & # 39; – on Monday afternoon
The police described the crash as a & # 39; massive collision & # 39; after the discovery of the Frawley vehicle on Monday
An emotional Browns voice wavered as he recalled early memories of the man who was lovingly known as & # 39; Spud & # 39; because of his upbringing on a potato farm.
& # 39; My first memory of Spud was with Roosy (Paul Roos) when they went around Victoria and did the Victorian super clinics, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; Get on the floor and see Spud, and then 20 years later I did the same to him as we traveled through Victoria in the countryside through Toyota.
& # 39; I looked at those children and I thought I saw myself in those children. I thought, "I did that 20 years ago." & # 39;
Frawley and his performance
Frawley, nicknamed Spud because he grew up on a potato farm in Bungaree near Ballarat, played 240 games for St Kilda from 1984-95.
He was the club's longest captain until Nick Riewoldt surpassed him in 2016 and was admitted to the club's Hall of Fame in 2007.
Frawley also worked as an AFL commentator for Triple M, Fox Sports, SEN and the Nine Network, as well as a part-time defensive coach with his beloved saints.
After his playing career, Frawley coached for five years until 2004, before becoming Chief Executive of the AFL Coaches & # 39; Association.
& # 39; And Spud still brings a smile to the faces of these kids. He was just so contagious. & # 39;
AFL major Paul Roos took the lead and said that Frawley had a gift because he could make everyone smile.
& # 39; The smile he brought to the faces of the children, and we are talking back in the mid-80s. That journey he has made so long to make children laugh and adults laugh, all the way to (FOX Footy show) on Saturday. We were here Saturday (with him). & # 39;
Fox presenter Neroli Meadows struggled to keep her calm when she announced the news of Frawley & # 39; s death in the Fox Footy news segment.
& # 39; Danny Frawley was a legend from St Kilda who had a huge impact on every player who followed the club, & # 39; she said, her voice breaking.
& # 39; On a tough day it is just a very sad day for everyone in footy, but especially in the foot club of St Kilda. & # 39;
Frawley was recently open about his battles with depression and in recent weeks told his best friend that his marriage was over and he was having financial difficulties, The Age reported.
The emotional and financial pressure on himself and his family after being fired as Richmond coach in 2004 was widely published at the time.
A heartbroken Neroli Meadows struggled to keep her calm when she announced the news of Frawley & # 39; s death on Fox Footy
An emotional Brown (photo, with partner Kylie and children Olivia and Jack) started his time with Frawley and told & # 39; On The Couch & # 39; that he remembered seeing a young Frawley play on the field
He was forced to relocate the family from a five-bedroom home worth about $ 3.8 million – and relegated to a smaller one down the street.
Frawley coached Richmond for five years until his ax in 2004, before becoming CEO of the AFL Coaches & # 39; Association.
Meadows noted that Frawley left a significant impression on everyone who followed the game, especially when he opened his mental illness.
& # 39; Away from being incredibly entertaining and a brilliant player, he also left his mark on footy, opening up on the importance of mental health and starting some really important conversations, & # 39; she said.
Fox Footy colleagues & Garry Lyon and Jason Dunstall were too shocked to comment on the recent death of their friend.
Dunstall, whose light-hearted matches with Frawley on Bounce were very popular, was currently chairing an external investigation into the Adelaide Crows' football activities and is reported to continue to do so in the coming days despite his silent grief.
Dunstall was one of those closest to Frawley, along with his former St. Kilda teammate and fellow Ballarat boy Tony Lockett – the champion Saints and Sydney full-forward.
Frawley played 240 games for St Kilda before coaching Richmond to the preliminary final of 2001.
He was St Kilda's longest captain until Nick Riewoldt exceeded his record in 2014.
He later worked as a commentator at Triple M, Fox, SEN and the Nine Network – and worked part-time as a defense coach with his beloved saints.
Frawley, who recently started his depression about depression, is survived by wife Anita and their daughters Danielle, Chelsea and Keeley
In recent weeks, Frawley told his best friends that his marriage was over and he was having financial difficulties. He is pictured here with the former St. Kilda coach Stan Alves.
AFL COMMUNITY RIGHTS TO SHAKE DANNY FRAWLEY'S DEATH
& # 39; He was my captain here for nine years with the Saints and when I started, he was the example of how you can give everything for the club, your teammates. He would sacrifice anything he could. In terms of what it meant to be a team player, there was no one better than Danny. & # 39; Former teammate Nathan Burke.
& # 39; It is a devastating day for the wider football community and the loss of Danny will be taken very hard by so many people. & # 39; – AFL CEO Gillion McLachlan
& # 39; He was a character greater than life, a generous and warm personality, and a favorite son who left an indelible mark on St. Kilda. & # 39; – St Kilda president Andrew Bassat
& # 39; How can we understand the shock of Danny Frawley? A respected competitor, a loyal and always supportive assistant, but more importantly, a damn good guy and friend. & # 39; – Collingwood player and coach Tony Shaw on Twitter
& # 39; R.I.P measure. You gave me my first chance to play AFL. You took a point on me while nobody else did. You were so supportive and always there for me and my family. I am forever grateful. & # 39; – Former player of Richmond and Collingwood, Andrew Krakouer on Twitter
& # 39; He will unfortunately be missed by so many. Every time I have seen him since his coaching days, I left with a smile on my face. & # 39; – Richmond champion Matthew Richardson told News Corp Australia
& # 39; It was absolutely as if you were losing one of yourself today. My entire football trip was almost the same as Danny's. & # 39; – Coach and player Paul Roos on Fox Footy
& # 39; Danny Frawley! another very sad death. Sad beyond sad. worse now for his family. My thoughts are with them and so sad that we couldn't save Spud. He will be missed! & # 39; – Former Victorian prime minister, Hawthorn president and founder of Beyond Blue Jeff Kennett on Twitter
& # 39; It's hard to express the loss, it's hard to express the shock we felt when we first discovered (about) losing Spud Frawley. Spud was one of us & # 39; – AFL commentator Gerard Healy on Fox Footy
& # 39; My first memory of Spud was with Roosy when they went through Victoria and did the super clinics … 20 years later I did the same to him. I looked at those children and saw myself … Spud still put a smile on the faces of these children. He was so contagious. & # 39; – Former Brisbane captain Jonathan Brown on Fox Footy
& # 39; Words cannot convey our deep love and respect for Danny Frawley. & # 39; – Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany and head of Fox Sports Peter Campbell
& # 39; Danny was just loved. A true Australian character, a brilliant entertainer, a selfless father, husband and friend & # 39; – Crocmedia boss Craig Hutchison
& # 39; Danny Frawley described herself as a simple spud farmer who had found his way in the big smoke. Of course he was so much more than that. & # 39; – Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews
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