Bruce McAvaney enters Australian Football Hall of Fame

“I’m humbled," says legendary sports broadcaster as he becomes latest media figure inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

Legendary Seven sports presenter Bruce McAvaney was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame last night for his 40 years of broadcasting.


He becomes the eleventh media representative to be recognised since and the first since Dennis Cometti in 2020.

Bruce said: “To have been involved with Australia’s own game for so long through Channel 7’s stewardship has been an absolute privilege and one of the great joys of my life.

“Football commentators are newcomers compared to the legendary greats who’ve pulled on the footy boots and coached their teams to the highest levels.

“I’m humbled to follow in the footsteps of Ron Casey and Dennis Cometti, recognising that everything you see is lifted by the incredible support we receive behind the scenes.”

McAvaney began calling footy in 1978 and led Seven’s coverage between 1989 and 2020, before focusing more on horse racing and Olympics coverage.

Head of Network Sport, Lewis Martin, said: “What can you say about this incredible broadcaster that hasn’t been said over many years and many times before?

“Special, that word he’s made his own to capture the excellence he has witnessed and called over five decades of his sporting life, seems most appropriate for an extraordinary journalist, commentator, colleague, and friend.”

“It continues to be our great honour to work with Bruce, who deserves every accolade for his unmatched career. Well done, Macca.”

McAvaney already has an AFL Life Membership; Logies Hall of Fame (2022); The Kennedy Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement (2022); Melbourne Press Club Lifetime Achievement Award (2020); Medal of the Order of Australia for service to sports broadcasting and to the community through charitable and sporting organisations (2002); induction into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame (also in 2002); and the International Olympic Committee Media Award in 1989.

FOX Sports reports AFL Commission chair Richard Goyder also confirmed former FOX Footy presenter and St. Kilda champion Nick Riewoldt had been nominated for induction.

“For the record tonight, I wish to announce that Nick Riewoldt was nominated for induction into the Hall of Fame, which he has gratefully accepted. But Nick is away living in the United States with his children and family,” he said.

“Nick will be formally inducted next year on his return, but I’d hate for you to think that our selection panel somehow missed the high-flying No. 12 for the Saints now that he’s eligible for induction.”

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