John Noel William "Sam" Newman (born 22 December 1945 in Geelong, Victoria) is a retired Australian rules football player and current television personality. He is a featured star of the AFL version of The Footy Show.
As a player, Newman quickly distinguished himself because of his prodigious athletic skills and the wide range of positions that he could play in an era when players tended to specialise to a great degree.
In the 1967 finals series he suffered a serious kidney injury in the first semi-final, and as a result missed the Grand Final, which Geelong lost to Richmond. He had part of one kidney removed, but returned to play the next season and win Geelong's Best and Fairest award.
During his 17 season career he played 300 games, primarily as ruckman. He played 41 games as Geelong captain before he was sacked from the job in a dispute with the club, and threatened to transfer to Richmond.
He regularly hosts "Street Talk", a vox populi segment in which he interviews people on the streets, usually in Melbourne. His interviews often contain sexual innuendo (especially when interviewing women) and mocking of the interviewees, including those with obvious intellectual disability, physical disability or people whose first language is not English. Also, Newman is known for his continual defence of the Nine Network, and often takes the opportunity to mock the coverage from Channel Seven and Network Ten, given they own the television rights for the AFL.
On radio station Triple M, Newman previews Friday night and Saturday afternoon matches. He formerly provided special comments during AFL games, but on 8 May 2006, was suspended indefinitely from those duties for telling a talkback caller that he was a "fuckwit" after the Round 6 match between the Western Bulldogs and St Kilda.
Two weeks earlier, he walked out on a broadcast midway through a round 4 clash between the Western Bulldogs and Geelong, having expressed disgust at the style of football being played and the perceived quality of umpiring.
Newman has been married three times and has also been linked to a number of other women:
Other reported incidents include:
In 2005, he bought a Lamborghini Murciélago.
The program went to air on Sunday, 9 March. It contained footage filmed earlier that day in which Sam's urologist, Dr Laurence Harewood, told him that the operation had been a success and that he had been cleared of the cancer. Sam is now expected to make a full recovery.
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