Everything You Need To Know About Shane Crawford
Published: 20 January 2019
This footy-playing, charity-working, world record-breaking family man is about to enter the jungle!
The newest celebrity to enter the jungle is ready and raring to go, so there’s no time like the present to get to know the footy legend himself: Shane Crawford.
Hall of Fame AFL Player
Shane came onto the footy scene in 1993, as a 19-year-old AFL player in the Hawthorn Football Club. He played 15 years of professional AFL in the Hawks team, and was later inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
In total, Shane played a whopping 305 games of AFL. 1999 was arguably one of the biggest years in his career, where he was made captain of the Hawks and was awarded the league’s highest individual honour, the Brownlow Medal (which he also narrowly missed out on in 2003). Not only this, but he was also awarded his club’s best and fairest consecutively in 2002 and 2003.
He was also selected as an All-Australian player in 1996,1998,1999 and 2002, which, ICYMI, is where the best performing players of the season from every competing team are selected to create an All-Star side. FYI - this is a big deal, but it’s not actually a real team that plays together.
In 2008, in the ultimate swansong, his team won the premiership. It was after this perfect conclusion that he announced his retirement from football.
TV panellist and presenter
After retiring from football, Shane made a smooth transition from footy player to media personality as a regular panel member of The AFL Footy Show in 2009.
He managed to set five Guinness World Records on the show that first year, having 157 live Golden Orb spiders on his body inside a tank for 30 seconds - who knew he’d be preparing for his time in the African jungle 10 years ago?
He’s also since become a regular presenter on holiday and destination programs Getaway and Postcards, and has been a children’s show host for Kids’ WB since 2014.
Passionate Charity Worker
In 2010, Shane completed a 780km run, called ‘That’s What I’m Walking About’, which started at Rundle Mall in Adelaide and finished at the Channel 9 Studios in Melbourne. This took him 11 days to complete and he ended up raising approximately $500,000 for breast cancer.
Then, in 2013, he cycled over 3,600km from Melbourne to Perth in ‘Tour de Crawf’, that took 22 days to complete. On average, he rode nearly 170km a day - to put that into perspective: that’s more than the distance from Sydney to Newcastle! This piece of charity work raised a total of $1,328,249 for Breast Cancer Network Australia.
He also starred alongside I’m A Celebrity’s very own Julia Morris on The Celebrity Apprentice Australia, where he raised $49,311 for Breast Cancer Network Australia after coming in third.
That means, in total so far, Shane has raised over $1,800,000 in charity for breast cancer.
Shane is showing continued support in raising awareness for breast cancer, and has chosen Breast Cancer Network Australia for his charity on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.