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WA football legend Austin Robertson Dead at 80

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 23, 2023. 09:08 pm UPDATED: Aug 23, 2023. 09:08 pm

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Austin Robinson Junior, a football legend from Western Australia, passed away at the age of 80.

The star forward, who was named the all-time leading goalscorer for Subiaco with 1,211 majors, is widely regarded as the greatest footballer to ever play in the Australian Football League.

But on Wednesday, it was revealed that the former Premiership champion had passed away.

Robinson was considered the best full-forward in Australia because of his achievements in the 1960s and 1970s, according to fellow legend Graham Farmer.

With an average of 4.83 goals per game while playing for the Lions, he was the WAFL’s top goal scorer and the recipient of eight Bernie Naylor Medals.

He gained notoriety under the moniker “Ocker” while playing for Subiaco twice, the first of which took place between 1962 and 1965.

In 1966, he would play for South Melbourne in the Victorian Football League for just one season, scoring 60 goals in 18 games.

He eventually assisted Subiaco in winning a premiership in 1973 after returning to the team just a year later for a second stint.

Robinson retired in 1974 but ultimately had a significant impact on Kerry Packer’s understanding of the World Series Cricket idea.

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Over the course of 30 years, he would manage several of Australia’s top cricketers, most notably Shane Warne.

Later, in 2015, Robinson would be admitted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

His passing occurs shortly after he declared earlier this year that he would donate his brain to science.

Robinson thought that repeated head trauma caused him to develop chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

However, this can only be identified after death.

He said, “I used to get whacked on the head every week,” in a May interview with ABC.

You would likely receive a smack on the back of the head 10 to 15 times, which I’m sure wasn’t doing any good.

Robertson acknowledged that he frequently did the same to other players, often on purpose.

“You could purposefully line up a guy running at you with his eye on the ball […] and you could get your shoulder all ready,” he continued.

“Ironing the bloke out was quite deliberate and legal in my day.

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“Of course, the crowd erupted when the man was ironed out. It was somewhat reminiscent of gladiatorial Rome.

Later, Robertson urged players to wear helmets to guard against further brain damage.

Former rugby league player Wally Lewis, another sporting legend from Australia, had his CTE checked earlier this year.

It happened after his girlfriend started to notice something was off with his memory, and now it’s thought he may be suffering from dementia.

NFL players have in the past attributed murder and rape allegations to CTE problems.

This includes Phillip Adams, a former defensive back for the 49ers, who battled CTE prior to going on a killing spree.

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