Adam Simpson Former Australian Rules Football Midfielder
Adam Simpson is one of the very few players who have made it to the list of those who played more than 300 games in AFL/VFL.
Adam Simpson was born in year 1976 on February 16. Adam Simpson was married to his high-school sweetheart. The two of them met when Adam Simpson was only 11 years old and together they have three children named Owen, Allie and Mila. His career as a senior player started only in 1995 and he announced his retirement in 2009. He retired after playing 306 games.
Adam’s actual playing career started before the year 1995. He actually started playing for Eltham in Diamond Valley Football League. He was also a Northern Knights’ under-18 player.
During the 1993 National Draft, Adam Simpson was recruited by Northern Melbourne. He eventually started his career as a senior player in 1995. One year later in 1996 season, he played in the Grand Final against Sydney. Northern Melbourne won the final. Earlier in 1996, Adam Simpson was nominated for Rising Star award.
He did not miss a single game in seasons 1996 and 1999. In 1996 and 1999, he played for North Melbourne’s premiership side. In year 2002, he won the best and fairest award of Northern Melbourne. The same year he was also named in All-Australian team.
2004 to 2008 was a notable period in his career when he earned the captaincy of the Northern Melbourne club. After winning the captaincy in 2004, he led the club into the Grand Final of the 2005 season.
Two years later in 2007, he played the best game of his entire career in Round 5. The game was against Geelong where Adam Simpson racked up 41 possessions which was a game high. Northern Melbourne registered a Roos 16 point win. Adam Simpson also ended up scoring a goal in the same game.
Adam Simpson’s 250th game was against Carlton. Northern Melbourne won the game. His team members chaired him off the field upon this accomplishment, thereby avoiding the repetition of the mistake they made when Adam Simpson completed his 200th game.
Adam Simpson missed only seven games throughout his playing career and is one of the seven players from Northern Melbourne who have touched the mark of 250 games in AFL. On November 5, 2008, Adam declared that he will be stepping down from captaincy but will continue to play for the club for 2009 season.
Adam Simpson was a star midfielder and in year 2005, he narrowly missed his fifth consecutive top-3 finish in Best and Fairest. He ended up in the fourth position with just one vote shy of the third position and two votes shy of the second position. In 2005, he had a punctured lung as a result of which he had to miss two games in the season but still managed to rack up 400 plus disposals.
The Retirement and Coaching Career
Adam Simpson eventually retired from AFL in year 2009 on 31st July but the announcement came on 27th July. Adam became the assistant coach for Hawthorn Football Club in 2010 and as of 2014; he is the senior coach of West Coast Eagles.
Awards And Achievements
Adam Simpson did not really have too many achievements but actually managed to grab a few of the most important achievements throughout his playing career.
• 1996 – Nominee for AFL Rising Star.
• 1996 and 1999 – Played for Northern Melbourne Premiership Side.
• 2002 – Won the Best and Fairest award.
• 2002 – Selected for All-Australian Team.
• 2004-2008 – Played as the captain of Northern Melbourne.
Adam Simpson is definitely one of the greatest midfielders to have played AFL. His achievements will run down through history and will be remembered for years to come.