Footy legend and breakfast radio king Brendan Fevola has announced his sudden retirement, stating his body is “cooked”.
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The Carlton cult hero on Monday said the grand final he played in on Sunday will be the last time he ever plays a competitive game of football.
The breakfast radio host says he is giving the game away after 37 years because he is “cooked”.
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Fevola has previously announced he is stepping away from the sport only to be drawn back into playing with suburban footy clubs.
However, this time he says it is for real.
“It was my fourth senior grand final and I am done,’’ he said.
“I went out on a premiership. After 37 years of the game I’ve loved so much and has given me so much more.
“It’s time to say goodbye. What a way to finish with a flag. I’m cooked.”
The full-forward was playing with the Diamond Valley Superules Football Club in the Victorian Superules League, which is for players aged over 35.
Fevola kicked one goal in his team’s 25-point win over Frankston.
Fevola was playing alongside Collingwood great and Brownlow medalist Dane Swan, who also kicked one goal.
Fevola said on Fox 101.9’s Fifi, Fev and Nick show: “I’m done. I told everyone afterwards I’m done.
“I undid my shoelaces for the last time and I’m absolutely 100 per cent finished. Game over.”
He said he needed to seek advice from a doctor before committing to playing in the game because of a long-running back issue.
Fevola has been managing a bulging disc in his back that has left him unable to bend over.
“When I told the doc before the game he came to give me a cortisone jab to numb it all up, I said I had a bulged disc – he said ‘well I won’t go near your spine because if I miss you could end up in a wheelchair,” he said on Fifi, Fev and Nick.
“He got the real big fat side and numbed it up, it only lasted an hour so halfway through the second I could feel everything. I couldn’t bend over but that’s okay, I can’t bend over at the best of times being the fattest bloke out there.
“I’m not real good now and I couldn’t really move before it, but mate, I won a flag. I went out with a premiership.”
He said he was disappointed he had to turn up to work on Monday while his teammates were out celebrating.
“I was just speaking to a few of the boys. They’re still partying back at the club rooms and haven’t been to bed,” he said.
“I didn’t go back to the clubrooms, I’ve got a bit of FOMO, the boys are still partying.”
Fevola last week made headlines when opening up with new details about his recovery from a gambling problem that cost him millions of dollars.