CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS | Brad Fittler
Nobody has donned the NSW jersey more than Brad Fittler, who played 31 games between 1990 to 2004.
He is a true legend of the game, so much so that the best NSW player of each series wins the “Brad Fittler Medal” in his honour.
When he debuted for the Blues, he was the youngest player in State of Origin history at 18 years and 114 days, which has since been bettered by Ben Ikin.
Throughout his career, he won many awards in a variety of positions, including Five-Eighth of the year three times, centre of the year twice, and lock of the year on one occasion.
In 2000 he received the Golden Boot award for being the best player in the world, after leading the Blues to a whitewash series win, the Australian team in a one-off test against New Zealand, a Grand Final appearance and a World Cup victory in England.
Having retired from representative football after the 2001 series, he was called upon by Phil Gould in 2004 to make a comeback, which proved to be a massive success with the Blues winning the series, and Fittler scoring an incredibly famous charge-down try.
Since retiring, he has coached the Sydney Roosters, as well as the NSW under-16s and under-18s State of Origin sides.
He also frequently appears on the Nine Network as a commentator for Rugby League matches, as well as being a host on the Sunday Footy Show.
Fittler is one of the greats, and his fantastic achievements will be etched into NSW State of Origin folklore for many years to come.
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