Games Played 278
Career 1991 - 2004
Guernsey Number 7
Date of Birth 21/05/1969
AFC Debut Number: 6 AFC Debut Game: Round 1 v Hawthorn, 1991
AFC Career Guernsey Number: 7
Nigel Smart set the tone in 1991 for Adelaide, being the first ever Adelaide player named All Australian. His career went on to accrue a then Club-record 278 games.
The athletic defender was a slow beginnerr in the SANFL with South Adelaide but his breakout season in 1990 saw him represent South Australia and selected in Adelaide’s inaugural AFL list. One decade later and he was the only player from Club’s first game to still be on the list. His talent as a rebounding defender earned him three All Australian selections during his career but it was also his versatility at both ends of the ground which really set him apart from the rest; he kicked three goals in the 1998 premiership success. In 2005 Smart was named in the AFC Team of the Decade 1991-2000.
Smart also worked with the AFL Players Association off the field and was a respected figure amongst his peers. When he retired in 2004, aged 35, he quickly moved to a position on the AFC board. In 2009 he became the deputy chairman and then in 2013 was appointed Adelaide’s Chief Operating Officer a position he held until 2020.