Famous professional Australian rules footballer Gary Ablett Jr has announced his retirement. Here is a detailed insight into the life and career of the talented football star.
In a heartfelt post on his Instagram feed, professional Australian rules football player Gary Ablett Jr. announced his decision to retire from the football field, much to the shock of his fans.
With a series of photos, the star extended his gratitude to his fans and supporters over the years. He sent out all his love to his fellow teammates and the Australian Football League crew, explaining how proud he was of them.
Gary Ablett Jr of the Geelong Cats prepares to speak to media after being cleared of suspension during the AFL Tribunal Hearing at AFL House on May 7, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images
Ablett Jr spoke about the numerous people he was grateful for but could not find the words to express his profound appreciation. He then revealed how much he was going to miss the sport and thanked his family for their constant love and encouragement.
Ablett Jr posted photos from his last football game last week, and in the shots, the star was seen sharing sweet moments with his wife and baby. In the first slide, all three of them were wrapped in a hug on the vast pitch.
In the second slide, he was seen kissing his cute baby on the cheek, and the third photo showed him walking away, with his family and fans watching him with endearing facial expressions.
Unfortunately, his last game, which was the 2020 AFL Grand Final, did not end in a win. However, as he walked off the pitch for the last time, the vast crowd stood to bid him farewell.
In 2007, his teammates told him he was lazy and was at risk of wasting his gift.
Over the years, Ablett Jr stamped his name on the hearts of his fans with his profound skill and achievements as a player. The two-time premiership winner, dual Brownlow medallist, and eight-time All-Australian star team player was the last from the 2001 "super draft."
It is safe to say that the skill runs through the family as his father, Gary Ablett Snr. was a renowned AFL player in his time. His brother, Nathan Ablett, also made a name for himself on the pitch.
After taking over the family's football dynasty, Ablett Jr's play cast a lot of doubt on the viewers' hearts as he was nothing compared to his legendary father. In 2007, his teammates told him he was lazy and was at risk of wasting his gift.
However, the star came back the best in the league, much to the shock of the world. His game changed, and he quickly rose from his position as a forgettable small forward to an iconic midfielder.
Ablett Jr fell in love with football at a young age under the tutelage of his father. Besides coming from an iconic family, the young star's skill and passion for the game paved the way for him.
After being drafted to the Geelong Falcons in 2001 alongside Chris Judd, Dane Swan, Sam Mitchell, and others, the star's AFL debut was that same year. It was a match against Essendon, and the Falcons, unfortunately, lost by 50 points.