is a legend for many reasons; talented football player, revolutionary coach,
enduring media personality. For more than fifty years he has been one of
the most influential people in the game, and the shadow he casts is matched
ensure he played with the Demons, Melbourne went to the VFL and successfully
lobbied for a Father-Son rule. When the time came for Barassi to be signed
up, Melbourne picked him up from Preston Scouts in 1952 and he became only
the second player under the new rule.
proved himself as an inspirational footballer, and was quickly handed
leadership responsibilities. In 1957 he was appointed vice-captain and a
captain three years later. In a period of unparalleled success, Barassi
helped Melbourne win six premierships Ė two as captain, two as vice-captain,
and winning the teamís best and fairest award in 1961 and 1964.
are often branded heroes or villains according to their team colours but Ron
Barassi is loved and respected by all. He has truly become the father of
the modern game, and will always be remembered as one of the all time
greats. Unsurprisingly, heís still on the speed dial for every major
football organisation as his opinions and experience are highly valued and
always in demand.
occupies himself with a wide variety of business, philanthropic, media and
personal interests, which includes a prolific public-speaking career and an
on-air role at 3AW. He is an ambassador for the Worksafe/Victorian Country
Football League and the public face of Legacy.
To mark his
70th birthday anniversary Ron walked the Kokoda Track.
ago, aged nearly 73, when he saw a woman being attacked in the street, he
unhesitatingly tackled her 26 year old assailant. This act of bravery earned
Barassi the vote as Chivas Regal Most Chivalrous Victorian (3rd most
chivalrous Australian). He was also dubbed Knight of The Order of St Thomas