Adelaide’s appreciation for its Indigenous players and the Indigenous community extends well beyond one AFL round, defender Brodie Smith assures.
Smith told The Optus Crows Show it was important to educate and embrace year round.
“The round is perfect for throwing yourself into and embracing the Indigenous culture,” Smith said.
“(But) it’s not just one round… it’s always important we’re educating ourselves, learning about their culture, learning where they come from.
“If you have a chance to speak to these guys, they have great stories about where they’ve come from, their family, their past.”
Fellow defender Tom Doedee echoed Smith’s sentiment and said utilising the Crows’ platform was crucial in a deeper understanding of the Indigenous culture.
“We’ve come a long way, but there’s still a long way to go,” Doedee said.
“It starts with us up the top, and the Indigenous boys in helping us out.
“For me, it’s about learning more about their culture so I can relate and help educate more and more people outside the Club.”
Adelaide’s 2020 Sir Doug Nicholls Round guernsey was designed by the Club’s first Indigenous player, Eddie Hocking.
Doedee described Hocking as a “constant presence” and someone who is “always up for a chat”.
“He’s had a big role to play with a lot of the Indigenous boys and their transitions into football,” Doedee said.
“I’ve had a few chats with him here or there… he’s always wanting to educate, to learn and always wants to help others.
“He’s a real genuine man.”
The Optus Crows Show airs on Sunday at 12pm on Channel 7 Adelaide.
Interstate fans can catch the full episode on afc.com.au shortly after.