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  • Gary Ablett Sr has fallen on hard times financially
  • Follows brain damage diagnosis in late 2022
  • His Norm Smith Medal from 1989 AFL Grand Final up for grabs
  • More than 200 of Ablett’s items available to the highest bidder 

AFL icon Gary Ablett senior has resorted to selling his individual awards to the highest bidder as he continues to struggle with ‘significant brain damage’ stemming from his illustrious 248-game career.

Ablett, 62, has passed on a number of coveted items – including the Leigh Matthews Trophy for 1993 AFL MVP and the 1989 Norm Smith Medal from the Grand Final – to Entertainment by Vin, a company which sells high-end sporting memorabilia.

The man ‘dubbed’ God by many footy fans has fallen on hard times financially following his life-changing diagnosis in 2022.

Last year the Geelong Cats champion admitted he has experienced ‘headaches and skull pressure’ from 2010 onwards, which then progressed into migraines, insomnia, blurred vision, significant memory loss, anxiety, fatigue and severe depression.

A subsequent scan confirmed Ablett’s worst fears.

Footy legend Gary Ablett Sr makes shocking move after revealing brain damage has left him struggling to make ends meet

AFL great Gary Ablett senior (pictured in 1995) has resorted to selling his individual awards to the highest bidder as he continues to struggle with ‘significant brain damage’ stemming from his 248-game career

Ablett, 62, (pictured with his son Gary Jr) has passed on a number of coveted items - including the the 1989 Norm Smith Medal from the Grand Final

Ablett, 62, (pictured with his son Gary Jr) has passed on a number of coveted items – including the the 1989 Norm Smith Medal from the Grand Final

The man 'dubbed' God by many fans (pictured with his grandson Levi) has fallen on hard times financially following his life-changing diagnosis

The man ‘dubbed’ God by many fans (pictured with his grandson Levi) has fallen on hard times financially following his life-changing diagnosis

AFL identity Kane Cornes stated Ablett Sr will sell off more than 200 items in total.

‘This has come across my desk and it’s a reasonable story that hasn’t been reported yet,’ he said on SEN.

‘Gary Ablett Sr, his catalogue is being pieced together right now.

‘So all of Gary Ablett Sr’s personal items are up for sale. We are talking the Leigh Matthews 1993 trophy, the 1989 Norm Smith Medal, the Coleman Medals, boots, jumpers….200 plus items of Gary Ablett Sr’s are up for sale.

‘He is selling everything. There’s posters, there’s signs, there’s his Geelong guernsey, there’s his boots.

‘Anything Gary Ablett-related, he has kept it all.’

As concussion continues to be a major talking point in Australian sport, Ablett acknowledged the AFL has taken significant steps to minimise head knocks in the modern game – unlike in his heyday when head injuries were far more common.

Ablett estimates he was knocked unconscious at least eight to 10 times in his career – and had other signs of concussion on multiple occasions, including his ears ringing and just feeling ‘out of it’.

The prolific full forward featured in 242 games for the Cats from 1984 to 1997 and kicked 1021 goals, the sixth-highest tally in VFL/AFL history.



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