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Jason Dunstall’s epic resume complete after elevation to Legend status in Australian Football Hall of Fame

Hawthorn champion and Fox Footy’s own Jason Dunstall is set to become the 32nd player elevated to Legend status in the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

The 59-year old will be formally elevated during June’s Hall of Fame ceremony in Melbourne, the AFL confirmed on Monday.

Dunstall conceded he was “overwhelmed” and “humble almost to the point of embarrassment” after receiving the game’s most prestigious recognition.

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Gary Ayres and Jason Dunstall props the Premiership Cup on John Platten’s head after the 1989 VFL Grand Final between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.Source: Supplied
Jason Dunstall from Fox FootySource: Foxtel

“When you consider there’s just a tick over 30 Legends in the game, it’s the highest honour. I feel incredibly grateful to the AFL,” Dunstall said on Monday.

“It’s been a massive part of my life and to sit amongst names that are synonymous with the game now, it’s incredibly humbling. I’m very grateful.”

It completes the stellar resume of one of the game’s all-time greats.

Playing in a golden era at Hawthorn in the late 1980s and early 90s where he won four premierships, Dunstall credited his superstar ex-teammates for his success, saying he was “blessed” to be on the end of “some of the most skilled players to ever play the game.”

As dominant as any full forward in league history, Dunstall booted 1254 career goals – ranked third all-time in VFL/AFL record books behind only Tony Lockett and Gordon Coventry – from 269 games for Hawthorn from 1985 to 1998.

In addition to his four premierships, Dunstall is a three-time Coleman medallist including leading Hawthorn’s goalkicking on 12 occasions, an AFLPA MVP, two-time All-Australian and four-time best and fairest winner.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 23: Jason Dunstall is seen as part of Spud’s Game ceremony and huddle during the 2023 AFL Round 15 match between the St Kilda Saints and the Brisbane Lions at Marvel Stadium on June 23, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
HOLD FOR SUNDAY HERALD SUN. The Footy Show Co-hosts Jason Dunstall and Danny Frawley with the show’s 350th birthday cake. Picture Jay TownSource: News Corp Australia

He averaged just under 4.7 goals per game including kicking double figures in 16 seperate matches. Dunstall’s 17 goals against Richmond in 1992 mark the second-highest tally in a VFL/AFL game ever.

Dunstall, who in 2002 was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame, already had legend status in Hawthorn’s Hall of Fame and is in the club’s Team of the Century.

Retiring in 1998 after a decorated AFL career, Dunstall has gone on to have a prominent role in the media including starring across Fox Footy broadcasts and the long-time host of popular show Bounce.

DUNSTALL’S CAREER

Games: 269 (1985-1998)

Goals: 1254

-Hawthorn Best & Fairest 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993

-Hawthorn captain 1995-98

-Premierships 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991

-Club leading goalkicker 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998

-Coleman Medal 1988, 1989, 1992

-Hawthorn Team of the Century

-All-Australian 1988, 1989, 1992, 1994

-State of Origin – Victoria (3 games, 14 goals); Queensland (4 games, 10 goals); Allies (1 game, 0 goals)

AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME LEGENDS

Jason Dunstall

Russell Ebert

Merv McIntosh

Jack Oatey

John Kennedy snr

Kevin Sheedy

Malcolm Blight

Tony Lockett

Royce Hart

Kevin Murray

Alex Jesaulenko

Norm Smith

Darrel Baldock

James ‘Jock’ McHale

Bill Hutchison

Barrie Robran

Kevin Bartlett

Peter Hudson

Gordon Coventry

Ian Stewart

Bob Pratt

Bob Skilton

Dick Reynolds

Graham Farmer

Haydn Bunton snr

Jack Dyer

John Coleman

John Nicholls

Leigh Matthews

Ron Barassi

Roy Cazaly

Ted Whitten