Sydney Roosters’ favourite son, Brad Fittler, is the next sports star profiled in our ongoing series, with BigPond Sport’s Daniela Intili chatting to the Sydney Rooster’s coach, NRL legend and all-round nice guy about his career as a player and the opportunities rugby league has afforded him.
A football prodigy, Fittler started his glittering career with the Penrith Panthers while still attending high school. It wasn’t all smooth sailing on the way to the top, as Fittler struggled to master the discipline required to make the most of his obvious talent.
It wasn’t a problem that lasted long, as Fittler matured like a fine wine and retired with a reputation as the ultimate role model for young players.
Listed among his many achievements in the game are;
- Captaining the Kangaroos in 20 Tests (34 in total, including 3 Kangaroo tours) after debuting as the youngest-ever player (18 years 247 days)
- Captain of the 2000 World Cup-winning Australian team (6 in total)
- Captain of the NSW Blues in 14 State of Origin matches (31 in total, the most by a Blue) after debuting as the youngest-ever player (18 years 114 days)
- Captaining the 2002 Premiership-winning Roosters team
- 5 grand final appearances (2 premierships)
- 409 first-grade games, in a 16-year career that included 336 club matches for the Roosters and Panthers
- Named as one of rugby league’s 100 greatest players in 2008
Also on the agenda in our profile is Fittler’s current role as mentor of the Roosters, his decision to appoint Braith Anasta as club captain and his plans for his team in 2009.
The Fittler interview will air between midday and 2pm on Friday, 27 February, after the Sport Summer News, on BigPond Sport TV.
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