250 a milestone for Roughead

Not his day: Jarryd Roughead is chaired off the ground after his 250th despite the loss of the Hawks to the rampaging Richmond.


JARRYD Roughead, current Hawthorn captain, must have wondered for a time his AFL football career was over.

Take the clock back to 2015 and Roughead had different things on his mind-his health.

When he had a melanoma removed from his lip that year and in May, 2016 it was diagnosed it had spread to his lungs football was the furthest thing from his mind.

The football world rallied around him and so did his family, and the immunotherapy treatment he was to receive fortunately worked.

Fast forward to Sunday afternoon and Jarryd runs onto the ground for his 250th game for the Hawks against Richmond.

The game didn’t pan out the way he wanted but just to be out there is an achievement in itself.

The Hawks were playing a team in really good form, Richmond, and despite a huge rally by Roughead and his team in the second half, the Tigers were just too strong.

Roughead uncharacteristically sprayed a couple of kicks out on the full; it wasn’t to be Hawthorn’s day.

Appropriately though the cheer squad had assembled a massive banner for Roughead and the four time premiership captain obliged. He was later chaired off the ground by teammates and applauded by fans of both teams.

While Hawthorn’s major announcement in January was that Jarryd Roughead had been appointed as their new captain, the man himself deftly put the elevation into perspective.

Roughead, 29, was cleared of cancer only in December, and until that point had thought he may not play again until midway through this year once his treatment had finished. While football is, and remains, important to him, the four-time premiership star now understands there is far more to life.

“I thought footy was everything up until what happened. Now that I have gone through what I have, you understand that footy is only going to be 15, 16 years of my life in terms of playing,” he said.

“I want to potentially live to be a dad or grandad. That’s one of the things the (doctor) said when I got the all clear, that he wants to see me become a grandad. That means more than just 15 years of footy.


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