Nigel Smart : biography
Nigel James Smart (born 21 May 1969) is a former Australian rules footballer who represented in the Australian Football League (AFL) during the 1990s and 2000s. Smart played most of his career in defence, and became a crowd favourite easily identifiable with his bald head and goatee.
After his retirement from football, Smart was an unsuccessful candidate for the Liberal Party for the electoral district of Norwood in the 2006 South Australian state election.
Smart has been a member of the Crows' board since 2005, and assumed the role of Deputy Chairman for the 2009 season. On the 1st of March 2013, Smart became the Chief Operating Officer of the Adelaide Football Club.
Recruited from the South Adelaide Football Club, Smart was a member of the inaugural Adelaide team that played against under lights at Football Park, and was given the task of minding Hawthorn superstar full-forward Jason Dunstall. On his AFL debut Smart collected 6 kicks, 9 handballs and grabbed 6 marks.
Nigel Smart would become Adelaide's first ever All-Australian in 1991 when he was selected in the Back pocket.
One of the most famous incidents attributed to Smart's career was during the 1992 pre-season, where the Crows, who were on a boot camp, organised a session to walk over hot coals. Smart suffered burns to his feet but returned to play football soon after.
Smart was one of the key players in Adelaide's resurgence under Malcolm Blight, and in the 1997 AFL Grand Final against St Kilda, he had the honor of kicking the final goal of the match as Adelaide won their first AFL premiership. He was also a member of the Crows team which won the 1998 AFL Grand Final, the Crows becoming the first team since Hawthorn in 1988 and 1989 to win back-to-back premierships.
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