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Playing Career
1982-1994 – Fitzroy

Games
269

Goals
270

Playing Honours
Fitzroy Best & Fairest – 1985-86, 1991-92, 1994
Fitzroy Captain – 1988-90, 1992-94
Fitzroy Leading Goal Kicker – 1990
All Australian Captain – 1991-92
All Australian – 1985-88, 1991-92
Fitzroy Team of the Century
Fitzroy Kings of the Pride (1987-1996)
AFL Hall of Fame
Lions Life Member
Fitzroy Greatest Team (1944-93)
Victorian State Representative (14 times)

 

 

Widely rated as the best footballer in Australia during his prime, Paul Roos was drafted to Fitzroy from Beverley Hills – in the heartland of the Club's recruiting zone.

Easily identifiable by his famous number 1 guernsey and distinctive mullet, Roos quickly became a popular figure among the Fitzroy faithful to the point where a 'Rooooooooooooooossssss' chant would bellow from the crowd each time he touched the ball.

He embodied the perfect mix of size, speed and skill, which enabled him to play in range of different positions – but it was in the key position posts at either end of the field that his career really blossomed.

Roos won five Fitzroy Best & Fairest awards, spent six years as Club Captain, was named in the All Australian team seven times and was honoured with State Captaincy on more than one occasion.

Considered unlucky never to have received the Brownlow Medal despite countless years of favouritism, Roos' standing as arguably the best player of his era was at least recognised by his peers who voted him as the League's MVP in 1986.

Although he went on to achieve further greatness in Sydney, Paul Roos will forever be, first and foremost, a Fitzroy hero.