Michael Long LEGEND (1980-2010)

Considered one of Territory football’s most famous sons, Michael Long began his football career at St Mary’s and played his first league game at 16. He played 52 games for the Saints winning premierships in 1986/87 and 1987/88 as well as club Best & Fairest in 1988/89. He represented the NTFL on five occasions. In 1988 Long played 22 league games with SANFL club Woodville West Torrens, finishing third in the Magarey Medal as well as winning both the Club Champion award and Best First Year Player award. He was picked up by Essendon in 1989 and was named AFL Rookie of the Year. A dual premiership player he starred in the Essendon team of 1993 winning the coveted Norm Smith medal and picked up his second premiership medal in 2000. In 1999 he became the first Indigenous player to captain an AFL side before retiring in 2001 having played 190 games and kicking 143 goals. Named in Essendon’s Team of the Century, the AFL’s Indigenous Team of the Century and inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame in 2007.  A true legend of the game, we are proud to welcome Michael Long into the AFLNT Hall of Fame.