Games Played 278
Career 1991 - 2004
Guernsey Number 7
Date of Birth 21/05/1969
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.