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Ben Rutten

Games Played 229

Career 2003 - 2014

Debut 2003

Guernsey Number 25

Date of Birth 28/05/1983


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Biography

Ben ‘Truck’ Rutten forged a successful 229-game career after coming off Adelaide’s rookie list following a challenging initiation to the AFL. Overlooked in two national drafts after having a knee reconstruction as a West Adelaide junior, Rutten was finally picked up in the 2002 Rookie Draft with pick No. 40.

When he debut in 2003 he booted three goals with his first three kicks, but over time Neil Craig opted to utilise his big body in defence. “Truck” was recognised in 2005 with an All Australian selection in full-back after a rapid rise to one of the League’s best one-on-one stoppers. He was known for his size, strength and ability to contain some of the game’s best forwards.

During a nine-season run from 2005-2013 he rarely missed a game and was arguably one of the most dependable players at the Club. During his final AFL season he spread his workload between the AFL and SANFL, and after kicking three goals on debut he fittingly kicked his ninth AFL goal in his last ever game. In 2016 he joined Richmond as an assistant coach.  In 2019 he joined the Essendon coaching group, working as assistant to John Worsfold in succession plan to take over as Head Coach from 2021.

Stats

SeasonNo.GamesGoalsBehindsKicksHandballsDisposalsMarksTackles
20032523 -67137 -
2004259 - -55501054010
200525251 -1431372809527
200625241217515833313535
20072520 - -12213725911324
20082522 -115718233914720
200925241 -16420436814229
20102522 - -12821234012846
20112521 - -14317431710730
201225252114813628412540
20132521 -114013227211424
201425141 -72801525224
Totals-229951453160930621205309

Awards

All Australian

All Australian

2005

AFC Life Member

AFC Life Member

2012