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Marlion Pickett (photo) with the AFL Premiership Cup for fans of Richmond Tigers after taking a premiership in his debut game

From prison to premiere: how Marlion Pickett showed that he earned his place on the Tigers team when he made his debut on Grand Final Day – and the moving moment when he gave away his medal

  • The Grand Final debut performance of Marlion Pickett was excellent for the Tigers
  • He kicked a goal, had 22 touches, and finished third in the Norm Smith medal
  • Pickett has come a long way since being detained at the age of 18 for burglary in 2010
  • He gave his first medal to his father Thomas, who flew over for the competition
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Richmond Tigers midfielder Marlion Pickett played one of the most incredible debut in AFL history during Saturday's grand finale and completed an incredible transformation – from prisoner to prime minister.

The 27-year-old from Manjimup in WA was the first player to make his debut in the AFL Grand Final since 1952, with the MCG sold out crowd of 100,014 worrying little.

His glorious debut came after he was plucked by the Tigers in mid-season in May, and marks a remarkable turn in Pickett's life in which he once saw him in prison for burglary.

Marlion Pickett (photo) with the AFL Premiership Cup for fans of Richmond Tigers after taking a premiership in his debut game

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Marlion Pickett (photo) with the AFL Premiership Cup for fans of Richmond Tigers after taking a premiership in his debut game

Pickett, 27, spent two years in prison for burglary when he was 18, but less than 10 years later, he changed his life completely

Pickett, 27, spent two years in prison for burglary when he was 18, but less than 10 years later, he changed his life completely

Pickett, 27, spent two years in prison for burglary when he was 18, but less than 10 years later, he changed his life completely

The father of four spent two years in Wooroloo prison from 2010 when he was 18, when the bright lights of the MCG on Grand Final Day seemed to be a world away.

He played football in prison and on his release he joined the WAFL reserves of South Fremantle before joining the Tigers just four months ago.

Pickett played in the VFL Grand Final last weekend and earned him the call for the first premiership clash against the GWS Giants after Jack Graham was excluded with a shoulder injury.

Marlion Pickett (pictured with wife Jessica) had 22 touches and nine scoring involvement in the Tigers Grand Final victory on Saturday

Marlion Pickett (pictured with wife Jessica) had 22 touches and nine scoring involvement in the Tigers Grand Final victory on Saturday

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Marlion Pickett (pictured with wife Jessica) had 22 touches and nine scoring involvement in the Tigers Grand Final victory on Saturday

Marlion Pickett only moved to Melbourne four months ago after being called by the Tigers, but Saturday was his first game with the team (Pictured: Pickett at the MCG after the game with his three sons Marlion Jr., Latrell and Levi)

Marlion Pickett only moved to Melbourne four months ago after being called by the Tigers, but Saturday was his first game with the team (Pictured: Pickett at the MCG after the game with his three sons Marlion Jr., Latrell and Levi)

Marlion Pickett only moved to Melbourne four months ago after being called by the Tigers, but Saturday was his first game with the team (Pictured: Pickett at the MCG after the game with his three sons Marlion Jr., Latrell and Levi)

His debut in first class was nothing short of extraordinary, with Pickett playing as an experienced veteran, ending with 22 attacks and nine scoring involvement.

Pickett kicked his first goal in the third quarter, earned one of the biggest roars of the day for Richmond believers in the stands and finished third in the Norm Smith medal.

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When asked when he settled on the biggest stage of the game, Pickett replied casually & # 39; probably as soon as I walked through & # 39 ;.

It has been a huge week for the Pickett family, with his father Thomas, who is fighting emphysema, to overcome his fear of flying to watch his son's debut.

At a post-match position in Richmond, Pickett was seen without his first medal, and when asked if he had lost it, Pickett replied: & # 39; I am doing it around my old man's neck. & # 39;

The family is close and Pickett made sure his father was next to him for the party after the game in the Tigers' dressing room, where he was grinning from ear to ear as he absorbed his son's success.

Pickett's children, who moved with him and his partner from Perth to Melbourne just four months ago, were running around with a foot on the field when their father received his first medal.

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Despite his incredible efforts and leading role in the 89-point victory of the Tigers, Pickett played down his leading role in the twelfth premiership of the Tiger.

& # 39; All credit to the boys, & # 39; said Picket. & # 39; It was a good team performance. & # 39;

& # 39; It is very special. It's something you can't replace, so I'm just going to enjoy the moment. & # 39;

Marlion Pickett (pictured with his father Thomas, wife Jessica, four children and extended family after receiving his Guernsey in the dressing room before the AFL Grand Final

Marlion Pickett (pictured with his father Thomas, wife Jessica, four children and extended family after receiving his Guernsey in the dressing room before the AFL Grand Final

Marlion Pickett (pictured with his father Thomas, wife Jessica, four children and extended family after receiving his Guernsey in the dressing room before the AFL Grand Final

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