tmedia
Skip to main content
Main content

Adelaide Football Club - Crows History Locker

Nigel Smart

Games Played 278

Career 1991 - 2004

Debut 1991

Guernsey Number 7

Date of Birth 21/05/1969

Biography

Nigel Smart set the tone early for Adelaide, named All Australian in 1991 before playing a then Club-record 278 games.

The athletic defender was a slow-burner 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 helped him to 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.

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 has used to help the Club find success off the field in new ventures such as E-Sports and baseball ownership with the Adelaide Bite.

Stats

SeasonNo.GamesGoalsBehindsKicksHandballsDisposalsMarksTackles
1991720211391232624728
1992717 -21311092403531
199372223172201363568138
19947171319123872105622
19957221461891523415949
1996722782081163245557
1997722138253883418447
199872413123041224268880
199972112102171173346930
2000718311781152935828
20017237112231333567843
2002723331501092596344
2003721351331252585736
200476313521561411
Totals-278116104250315534056844544

Awards

All Australian

All Australian

1991

All Australian

All Australian

1993

Premiership

Premiership

1997

Premiership

Premiership

1998

All Australian

All Australian

1998

AFC Life Member

AFC Life Member

1999

Team of the Decade (1991-2000)

Team of the Decade (1991-2000)

2001