Legendary broadcaster Bruce McAvaney was recently inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame during the AFL’s season launch on Thursday night.
The announcement was made by AFL chairman Richard Goyder in front of invited guests at The Malthouse.
The 69-year-old McAvaney began his journey towards becoming one of the game’s best callers in the early ’80s when he called the SANFL in South Australia.
He later moved to Channel 10 in Melbourne, where he used his talent to call horse racing and athletics as well as read the news before returning to Channel 7 to call Olympics and become the voice of the AFL.
McAvaney is universally popular among players, coaches, fans, and media colleagues for his accuracy, attention to detail, and ability to capture the big moments in games.
He was the voice of Friday night football, and his enthusiasm for the game remained undiminished regardless of the contest.
McAvaney also became renowned for his ability to relay statistics about players and clubs throughout the broadcast. Additionally, he hosted the Brownlow Medal count from 1990.
McAvaney had his favorite players to call, normally excitement machines such as Lance Franklin, Cyril Rioli, Wayne Carey, Matthew Richardson, and Patrick Dangerfield.
He stepped away from calling at the start of 2021 as he wound back his responsibilities.
McAvaney becomes the 11th person to enter the Australian Football Hall of Fame in the media category.