Scott Stevens – Retired AFL Player
Referred to as Cult Hero by many, Scott Stevens was one of the most unconventional players to have every played in AFL.
Not much is known about Scott Stevens’ personal life but when it comes to AFL, he is well known for his unconventional and unpredictable style of playing which earned him the name ‘Cult Hero’.
Born in Western Australia’s Perth on January 15, 1982, Scott Stevens initially played with Perth in West Australian Football League. His AFL career lasted for less than a decade and he had to go into retirement because of numerous injuries due to his unconventional playing style.
2000-2003: Sydney Swans
Scott Stevens used to play in West Australian Football League but was eventually recruited by Sydney Swans in year 2000. He had to wait for two years before making an AFL debut. He stayed with the Swans for two seasons and played in both 2002 and 2003 AFL seasons.
Scott Stevens career with the Swans did not get much attention and he played on 25 games and managed to kick just 17 goals.
After spending four years with the Swans, Scott Stevens was eventually traded and was taken in by the Adelaide Crows in 2004. Scott’s first season playing for the Crows was excellent but he did contract some serious shoulder and knee injuries.
As a result of his injuries, he failed to play for entire 2005. 2006 pre-season was no different and he was sidelined. He was however introduced in the team in Round 2 but because of poor performance, he was benched again. The Crows tried him once again in Round 7 and this time Scott managed to give a good performance and became a regular player and played all remaining games except one.
In 2007, Scott played every game of the season and he was placed in different positions. 2008 was also a pretty consistent season for him and he finished eighth in AFC Champion award. Adelaide was eliminated from 2008 season after they lost to Collingwood but Scott managed to kick 6 goals in that match.
For seasons 2009 and 2010, Scott played consistently specially in centre half-back. Stevens used to enjoy his defensive role but would play as full forward whenever required and even kicked goals. He played a total of 119 games for Adelaide and kicked 71 goals.
In 2011 season, Scott suffered a very serious concussion injury during Round 3 of the season. This marked the end of his career and he eventually retired on June 21, 2011.
Malcolm Blight, the former coach of Adelaide often criticized Scott Stevens as a player who was unable to deliver best performance under pressure situations.
Awards And Achievements
Scott won the best team man award of Adelaide Crows twice. He was also a member of team’s leadership.
Of course, Scott Stevens did not have a long list of awards and accolades under his belt but his unconventional playing style and his surprise moves will continue to inspire many players for years to come.