Adam Goodes Talks Life After Football With The Project

Adam Goodes sat down with Waleed Aly, and reflected on a difficult career end and what his future holds.

What you need to know
  • Adam Goodes reflects on a controversial end to a glittering career
  • His new passion is literacy in Indigenous youth

He was a Brownlow Medal winning AFL player whose career at the Sydney Swans came to a controversial end before he disappeared from public life.

Adam Goodes sat down with Waleed Aly, as The Project chatted with the 2014 Australian of the Year about what he had been up to in life after football.

It's been almost five years since the fateful game at the MCG, when a 13-year-old Collingwood Magpie fan called Goodes an "ape", which lead to a series of events which ultimately led to his retirement.

Reflecting on the incident, Goodes said he had been "shattered" when he realised the offender had been a teenage girl -- and during Indigenous Round.

He spent time in the Flinders Rangers to reconnect with his lost Indigenous culture, and knew when he game back it would be his last season.

"Even though I had my fiancé, I had my team, but I knew I just needed to get away, extract myself from the situation," he said.

Since retiring, Goodes has turned his focus to literacy levels in Indigenous youth, and has accepted a board role with the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation.

"It is a basic human right that we can read and write, and 90% of the kids that are part of the program, you see that improvement," he said.

Goodes stresses there is no bad blood between him and the Swans, despite only attending five games in three years.

"That's what gets lost sometimes in the media and what not, people do think there is bad blood, which is not true," he said.

"For me its about making sure, 'alright, we got it wrong there, how do we improve?'"

Weighing in on the Change the Date debate, Goodes said a day could be chosen to be more "inclusive".

"We should be focusing on the positives, focus on the positive that we are still here, we are still living and breathing our culture, connected to our land, and I've tried to share that with as many people as possible."

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