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“My first choice of playing footy as a kid was AFL” – Lockyer

Last night NRL Legend Darren Lockyer was inducted into the Sports Australia Hall of Fame

A veteran of 355 NRL games that saw him also Captain Queensland and Australia, Lockyer is widely considered to be one of the greatest Rugby League players of all time.

He spoke with the Macquarie Sports Breakfast show about the honour of being inducted into the Sporting Hall of Fame, “It was quite an overwhelming night. When you’re in the room with the calibre of people that are in that Hall of Fame it’s very humbling and it’s pretty surreal to be a part of it.”

A four-time premiership winner with the Brisbane Broncos, Lockyer revealed that he initially didn’t even want to play Rugby League as a kid. “My first choice of playing footy as a kid was AFL cause I was in Brisbane. Then my mum and dad went west and I changed codes to Rugby League and the immediate inspiration or the person that captivated me towards Rugby League was watching State of Origin and watching Wally Lewis. Again it’s a pretty surreal feeling that I know work alongside and share a rental car quite regularly with Wally and last night he was able to present me with my medal.”

Lockyer now works as an expert commentator for Channel Nine and was a finalist for the NRL’s highest individual accolade which is being named as an ‘Immortal’ of the game, an honour he is almost certain to achieve.

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Listen to the full interview with Darren Lockyer below: