Players who's career was ruined by injuries?

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Not sure what Cobain did to deserve this.
Produced arguably the best album of an entire decade, maybe a few decades given the wasteland of the 80s, the best live album of all time, and another studio album that stacks up to anything from the 90s as well. He wasn’t ‘going to be’ anything. He already was.


Didn't know a 'Cobain effect' was thing either. I was thinking maybe there was a sporting identity named Cobain I couldn't remember.
 
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The Cobain effect in full swing here. Every one of these blokes was going to be the best player in the country at least, if not an all time great, when cut down by injury.

The reality is like all players - most would’ve just been okay - good, with the odd spark of brilliance that many players display every so often.
Except Fyfe who has/had the best brownlow vote average in the modern era by a mile and the only time he strang 3 seasons of 20+ games in row he was arguably the best player in the league
 

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Bowen Lockwood was always meant to be a gun 1-2 punch with Tredders in Ports forward line. Played 30 games in his first 2 years and looked good. Then ****ed his back up bad in training and not only did his career peter out, so did his quality of life.
 
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Allen Jakovich was incredible. 70 goals in his first AFL season, 50 in the VFL comp in the same year.

Took only 21 senior games to kick 100 goals, a record equal only with John Coleman. One of those games caused him to get dropped too.
 
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Barry Stoneham was on track to be one of the premier CHF's in the game before breaking his leg and suffered subsequent infections robbing him of his athleticism.
Menzel, Egan, Snell & P. Lynch all had their careers cut short.
 

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Jarryd Roughead, cancer.

If he doesn’t get that he probably kicks over 800 goals, and Hawthorn win another flag(in 2016).

As it was he came back to the game and battled on but had reportedly lost the sensation in his limbs(due to the therapy he undertook to kill the cancer)which impacted his ability in games and made him a much lesser player. Retired at the age of 32.
Did amazingly well to return to the game after the cancer, but i reckon he came back as well as any big man in any form of sport after doing an Achilles. Few return to their former form after something like that. he also had an uncanny knack of being able to seriously hurt players in a way that never attracted the attention of the MRP. His hit on Hanneberry in the 2014 GF, and a big hit on Danger early in an Easter Monday game certainly were examples of his rock-hard body force.
 

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Barlow is another one. Incredible debut season (probably would have measured top 5 in the Brownlow if he kept his trajectory). Breaks his leg. Never the same player again.

Still forged a good career but what could have been?

Schwartz was a hell of a player before his knees started exploding.

Barlow wasn't that good.

He was great for a mature age recruit and got lots of disposals, but his impact on the game wasn't as good as his stats suggest
 

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Barlow wasn't that good.

He was great for a mature age recruit and got lots of disposals, but his impact on the game wasn't as good as his stats suggest

ha ha wot.

the first 13 games of his career was as good as you could want from anyone, let alone a guy from the state leagues
 
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Anthony Morabito would've been huge, this is just from his debut season.

Forgive the cheesy music, but look at the combination of speed and power. He should still be playing today.

Our current coach Justin Longmuir had his career cut short due to a knee injury.


Another bad loss was Clem Michael, son of South Fremantle legend Stephen Michael, unfortunately I can't find any highlights of him.


that last goal of Morabitos missed the best part of it. The run around the pack, the gather, steady then goal.
 
Kozi, Xaiver Clarke, Matt Maguire and Luke Penny.

Kozi without injuries would have been a freak in todays game let alone 20 years ago.
 
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Barlow wasn't that good.

He was great for a mature age recruit and got lots of disposals, but his impact on the game wasn't as good as his stats suggest

I think your perception is coloured by Barlow after his leg break.

He was a seriously good footballer. Ran hard both ways. Hard at the footy and great at the contested ball. Good eye for goal. Tidy with his disposal. Not much more you could ask for in a midfielder.

28 touches and 1 goal a game is elite for a modern midfielder let alone someone in their debut season.
 
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Jarryd Roughead, cancer.

If he doesn’t get that he probably kicks over 800 goals, and Hawthorn win another flag(in 2016).

As it was he came back to the game and battled on but had reportedly lost the sensation in his limbs(due to the therapy he undertook to kill the cancer)which impacted his ability in games and made him a much lesser player. Retired at the age of 32.

It sucks he got cancer and I would never wish that on anyone but Roughead still played 283 games so while his cancer did suck and was very unfair I would not say it ruined his career as he still had a very long and very successful one.
 
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Peter Hudson would have kicked nearly 2,000 goals. Peter Knights would have been the GOAT CHB. Cyril would have been the GOAT small forward.

3 players cruelled by injury. Hudson the most. And that isnt even taking into account the number of times flog Full Backs would punch him in the head to take him out of the game, because they were too s**t to be able to play on him.
 

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For us, Dan Menzel and his 4 ACL's. Before he did his first one, he looked like the natural successor to Stevie J, and looked absolutely unstoppable at times.

Only player we've kept on the list that long, due to what we saw early on. Alas, never got it all back and ended up being a wasted career.
 

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Jesse W Smith from my mob.

Genuinely looked like the next Corey Enright in 2007.

Was barely seen again.
 
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Six decades of domination
Jarryd Roughead, cancer.

If he doesn’t get that he probably kicks over 800 goals, and Hawthorn win another flag(in 2016).

As it was he came back to the game and battled on but had reportedly lost the sensation in his limbs(due to the therapy he undertook to kill the cancer)which impacted his ability in games and made him a much lesser player. Retired at the age of 32.

We would have absolutely pissed it in 2016 if Roughy was fit.

Our KPF in the final series was Fitzpatrick and a very under done Schoenmakers.
 

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