Games Played 340
Career 1995 - 2010
Guernsey Number 23
Date of Birth 04/08/1976
Andrew McLeod cemented himself as one of the AFL’s best throughout a prolific career with Adelaide. The Darwin-born star played a Club record 340 games over 16 seasons, and his success included back-to-back Norm Smith Medals in 1997 and 1998. He is the only player to achieve the feat.
If not for a couple of sliding door moments, Adelaide would not have been the lucky Club where McLeod made his name. His father brought him to Adelaide in 1994 and he battled homesickness (and the cold) while playing for Port Adelaide in the SANFL. He ended the season, however, as an SANFL premiership player with the Magpies. Then, when Fremantle had access to McLeod for its inaugural squad at the end of 1994, it chose to instead trade the 18-year-old to the Crows.
In his second AFL game for Adelaide the next year, McLeod gave a glimpse of the influential moments he would become famous for, kicking the match-winning goal against Hawthorn with a clever snap in the wet from deep in the forward pocket.
For many, his 1997 grand final performance was an introduction to his talents. But it had been the last game in a break-out season in which he won his first Crows Club Champion award playing mainly as a small forward or across half back. His second Norm Smith Medal was won the week after he kicked seven goals in the preliminary final, and after he had been named an All Australian for the first of five times.
McLeod’s list of achievements continued to grow, despite a chronic knee problem. Ten years after becoming Adelaide’s youngest Club Champion at 21, McLeod became its oldest winner with his third award. As a measure of his remarkable consistency, he finished runner-up or third in the best and fairest another six times. And he’s still contributing in 2015, managing the Club’s Indigenous programs, also helping design Adelaide’s Indigenous Round guernseys. In recognition of his achievements, McLeod entered the AFL Hall of Fame in 2014.