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Sport Dusty v Danger - two AFL giants who couldn't be more different

12:55  24 october  2020
12:55  24 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Richmond bad boy Dustin Martin and Geelong's Patrick Dangerfield might be likened to chalk and cheese off the footy ground.

As far as the general public knows about it anyway.

'Dusty' Martin doesn't care much about revealing to the wider world what it is that actually makes him tick.

In the wild, he's often described as aloof, arrogant and perhaps a little bit caught up in his own opinion of himself.

He has good reason to think that way of course.

'Danger' is the polar opposite.

The Cat superstar has participated in endless interviews for television, radio and newspapers this season.

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The AFL Grand Final on Saturday is shaping as the Dusty versus Danger show, with the hopes of their respective teams and their countless fans resting on their shoulders.

No pressure.

While both undisputed champions, their lives are worlds apart.

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Dangerfield  takes little issue in casting wife Mardi and kids George and Felicity into the public spotlight.

Dangerfield is easy going, friendly and comfortable engaging with journalists and fans alike.

Reporters have practically given up on even trying to get Martin to attend a press conference.

Apart from the interviews he's given when adding to his trophy cabinet, Martin's recent attempts at press engagement have been newsworthy for no other reason than how badly they went.

About this time last year Martin made headlines after he was asked what his girlfriend thought about the undies he was spruiking.

He was saved by his manager Ralph Carr who shoved the reporter in the back.

It was a similar scenario in 2017, while promoting an actual football, Martin took offence at being asked about ongoing contract negotiations.

AT A GLANCE

Martin: 187cm tall and  weighs 93kgs

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Dangerfield: 189 cm tall and weighs 92kg

Martin : aged 29

Dangerfield aged 30

Martin averages 25 disposals, 1.10 goals and 4.76 inside 50s a game

Dangerfield averages 23.99 disposals, 1.12 goals and 4.82 inside 50s a game

But Martin doesn't really need to engage with the media to do what he does best.

He not only has two Brownlow medals, but a couple of Norm Smith medals for best on ground in Richmond's 2017 and 2019 premiership wins.

'That is what you play footy for. That is why I play a team sport,' Martin told reporters in a rare interview.

Those that know the Tiger personally appear to agree Martin is extremely shy, which might explain some of his behaviour in public.

He has been linked to a bevvy of beauties over the years, but has not yet settled on one yet - well, not that he would talk about it anyway.

Martin's relationship with the public and media could stem back to the very public battles of his own father Shane.

The former Rebels bikie has been deported back to New Zealand twice and will again be forced to watch his son play in the Grand Final from abroad.

It's a tragedy for Martin no matter what you think of his dad.

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More and more people enjoy its fantastic scenery each year, due (A) _ increasing numbers of car owners and improvements to local roads and motorways. The boys wore patched pants. A little cloud of dust followed our thin legs and bare feet as we tramped over the dusty ground.

Martin's fans couldn't care less about what he does off the field.

As long as he keeps turning up on the weekend and bringing home Tiger premierships he can do practically what he wants.

Down the highway, in Geelong, Dangerfield plays a different game.

He has schoolboy looks, charm and not a single tattoo in sight.

Dangerfield loves the great outdoors and comes across as the kind of bloke you'd love nothing more than to sit by the river with and enjoy a few cans while listening to the footy on the radio.

Dangerfield actually hosts his own fishing and outdoor adventure radio show.

Statistically, the pair aren't too far apart on the field.

DANGER V DUSTY BY THE NUMBERS

DANGERFIELD

Games: 268. Finals: 19 (8 wins, 11 losses)

Premierships: 0

Disposals average: 23.99

Goals average: 1.12

Goal assists average: 0.65

Clearances average: 5.42

Inside 50s average: 4.82

Brownlow medal: 2016

All Australian: 8 times

Club champion: 4 times

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MARTIN

Games: 243 games. Finals: 14 (9 wins, 5 losses)

Premierships: 2

Disposals average: 25

Goals average: 1.10

Goal assists average: 0.73

Clearances average: 4.13

Inside 50s average: 4.76

Brownlow medal: 2017

Norm Smith medal: 2017, 2019

All Australian: 4 times

Club champion: 2 times

They are both Brownlow medallists and together have won six AFL best and fairest awards, two Norm Smith medals and been in the All-Australian team 12 times.

They're similar in height and weight, almost the same age and their on-field statistics are near identical.

The more playful Dangerfield appears to have had more fun doing it, despite his failure to secure a premiership medallion.

In 2017, Dangerfield attended a press conference with his head taped, arm in a sling and on crutches in a hysterical response to criticism that he made too much of injuries.

When not surfing or fishing off Moggs Creek, just off the Great Ocean Road, he keeps football fans in stitches with his comments and impersonation skills.

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Before his first child was born, Dangerfield and his wife made a video where they discussed baby names, noise cancelling headphones and family plans.

Dangerfield said his first child could choose whatever future it likes 'as long as it’s football'.

Come Saturday night, only one feline will be leaving the GABBA with a smile on his face.

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