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Gerard Healy

Gerard Healy, (born 1 March 1961) is a former Australian rules footballer and commentator.

Gerard Healy attended St Bede's College in Mentone , where he was the Senior Football Captain.

VFL career

Melbourne Demons

Beginning his career with the Melbourne Football Club in 1979, Healy played mostly in a forward pocket role in attack before switching to an on-baller/midfielder role and establishing himself as one of the premier ball winners in the competition. He won Melbourne's Best and Fairest award in 1984 in his last season with the Demons.

Sydney Swans

He left the Demons in 1985, after playing 121 games, moving to the Sydney Swans at the beginning of the 1986 season. He immediately made an impact at the Swans, winning Best and Fairests in his first three years with the team - 1986, 1987, 1988. He also took home the Brownlow Medal in 1988 as the VFL's Fairest and Best player, and was also named the VFL Players Association MVP in the same year. He retired from Sydney in 1991. He was renowned as one of Sydney's greats, being named in their Team of the Century. Collingwood picked up Healy in the 1991 Pre-Season Draft, but Healy never played a game as he was retired.

In 2000 Healy was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

Commentating career

After retiring, Healy became an Australian rules football commentator, first with the Seven Network on their AFL coverage.

On radio, he has also been a long-time special comments man on 3AW in their AFL coverage, as well as hosting Sports Today. He gave a heartfelt farewell message on the show to his co-host David Hookes after his passing in 2004. Hookes was later replaced on the show by Dwayne Russell.

His audio commentary also has also been sampled for computer games such as AFL 2007 along with Dennis Cometti.

Healy worked as a special commentator (or game analyst) for Fox Footy from 2002 until its closure in 2006 as well as hosting "On the Couch". He continued his commentary role for AFL matches with Fox Sports from 2007.

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