- Jan 12, 2021
- AFL Club
- Brisbane Lions
- Other Teams
- South Adelaide
Aussie footy icon diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease
The illness is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects the body’s central nervous system and causes symptoms such as tremors, which worsen over the years.
The former Carlton and St Kilda star’s daughter Kate told the Herald Sun: “The family is relieved to have the diagnosis so that we can help Dad in his fight against this disease.”
Jesaulenko holds a place in AFL folklore for the famous mark he took playing for the Blues during the 1970 grand final against Collingwood.
He leapt above Graeme Jenkin and sparked the immortal line from commentator Mike Williamson, who said: “Jesaulenko, you beauty!”
In 2020, Jesaulenko’s daughter Kate hit out at Port Adelaide legend turned radio broadcaster and pundit Kane Cornes, who suggested that famous 1970 grab would not be in the top 50 marks of all time.
Speaking on SEN, Kate responded by saying: “I am absolutely furious that Kane Cornes would come out and say Dad’s mark was overrated.
“I find it disgusting, disgraceful, I cannot believe that I don’t even know who he is would come out and make such a comment not only on an iconic footballer but an iconic father, an iconic husband.
“I am beside myself, I just cannot believe it.
“I think he’s completely incorrect. I don’t know where this kid, I don’t even know who he is, gets off saying that a legend of the game with such an iconic moment is overrated.
“Jesaulenko you beauty is one of the biggest, iconic moments in Australian football rules, Victorian football rules, whatever you want to call it.
“For him to come out and try to degrade it … I don’t know if he’s looking for a contract, I don’t know if his contract is about to run up, I don’t know if he’s trying to cause controversy, but I don’t know who Kane Cornes is, who Kane Cornes thinks he is bagging my father and saying that he is overrated.
“It is disgraceful, it’s disgusting, he’s bagging a legend of the game and I am absolutely disgusted.”
Days later Kate and Cornes engaged in an icy live radio interview where they agreed to disagree.
Jesaulenko played 256 games for Carlton during the 1960s and 1970s, booting more than 400 goals. He won four premierships with the Blues before finishing his career with a 23-game stint at Kilda in the early 1980s.
In 2008 Jesaulenko became a legend in the AFL Hall of Fame.