Sam Mitchell vs Jason Akermanis

Who was the better player

  • Sam Mitchell

  • Jason Akermanis


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Lets be honest here....Ackers Brownlow win is very much in the same wheel-house as the Shane Woewoeful brownlow win.....If Acker didn't have that peroxide, attention-whoring rinse through that ugly mug of his, then there would be no brownlow medal draped around his neck.

Lets call a spade a spade, shall we!
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I don't rate the Brownlow as a criteria for measuring the greatness of a player. Umpires have NFI.

Some fantastic players didn't win a brownlow eg. Leigh Matthews, Wayne Carey, Gary Ablett Snr, Ron Barassi, Ted Whitten, Bruce Doull, Jason Dunstall.
 
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I don't rate the Brownlow as a criteria for measuring the greatness of a player. Umpires have NFI.

Some fantastic players didn't win a brownlow eg. Leigh Matthews, Wayne Carey, Gary Ablett Snr, Ron Barassi, Ted Whitten, Bruce Doull, Jason Dunstall.
Absolutely....In other words the greatest players have never won it.

It doesn't help to be lippy towards the umpires either, mind you.
 

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Mitchell and it's not even remotely close.

The guy understood tempo, time and space better than just about any footballer who has played the game. Akermanis was capable of the more freakish stuff but Mitchell's football brain trumps Aker's skill set.

Mitchell was the Greg Williams of the 21st century (so far).
 

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Both great on both feet, can't split them, people will vote Aker due to his x-factor and excitement. Mitchell is the most reliable player i have ever seen play and i always felt safe when he had the ball, rarely made a mistake. Bias says Mitchell but i loved Aker although he was a little bit of a fruit loop at times. Both stars of the game!
Seriously both elite champions. Sammy said he foprgot witch was his favoured foot to kick with that's how good he was , Acker would be the same, a game changer a game winner.
They both were, I really can't say, my bias as other Hawks would call Sam, but Jason was, well, the same.

Nah I say a draw!
 
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Aker by a mile! absolute freak/match winner/big game performer
Mitchell was a good consistent workhorse who had crafty skills but no where near the talent of Aker.

Mitchell has the best finals record of any Hawthorn player in our history.....He was the principal architect who drove us to our 3-peat.....while Acker was a mere side-show bit player.

There's some perspective for you.
 

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At both their peaks Aker was the more damaging and dynamic.

Not sure there was any real weakness in Aker's game at his peak tbh. Whereas Mitchell still had his weaknesses. At his peak, Aker had the extreme pace, would win his own contested ball, could get the ball on the outside, break tackles, would run defensively, very fit, goal kicker, kick off both feet very skillfully, could kick 55m goals off both feet, was a good tackler for someone who wasn't really a permanent midfielder for most of his career.

I think if you are choosing Mitchell you are doing it for the longevity.

But me personally, if I'm offered a highly dynamic and damaging player over an 8 year period and then he will give another highly servicable 3 years . Or a highly skilled, and yet one dimensional inside midfielder who wasn't a great tackler, couldn't kick goals or kick more than 40 meters and wasn't particularly fit, who would do his thing over 12 years...

I'm taking the damaging dynamic player everytime.

Shows how lucky the Lions where to have the dynamic player and the better version of Mitchell in Simon Black. Then add to the same midfield Voss, Lappin Power...
 
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Aker was a freakishly talented player with a couple of top end seasons to his name but overall as a player's output over their entire career it is Sam Mitchell and even allowing for the fact that they are both champions, it's not even really that close.
Any neutral supporter would agree that Aker was miles better. End of story.
 
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