Bob Skilton bestowed Legend status in Hall of Fame
Australian Rules great Bob Skilton can't quite believe he's been elevated to Legend status in the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
The triple Brownlow medallist and South Melbourne/Sydney icon is overwhelmed at being the 47th Australian bestowed the honour.
"To be looked upon, or to even just to be considered as a part of such an incredible group of people, I'm just so proud," Skilton said.
"I remember when I was first inducted, I couldn't believe the people I was mixing with, these were people that I had looked up to... And to be considered as one of them was, and is, just so special."
Skilton won Brownlow medals in 1959, 1963, 1968 during his esteemed 237-game playing career with South Melbourne.
Skilton, who was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame as an athlete member in 1985, then became a figurehead of South Melbourne's relocation to Sydney in 1982.
He joins a celebrated list of Legends including Sir Donald Bradman, Dawn Fraser, Cathy Freeman and Rod Laver.
Sport Australia Hall of Fame Legend and chairman John Bertrand said it was the perfect time for Skilton to become the latest Legend.
"Bob Skilton had the rare distinction of being a player beloved by the supporters of South Melbourne while also being respected across the competition for his brilliance as a footballer but also for his courage and fairness and commitment to the game," Bertrand said.
"Skilton is the true definition of a Legend. He was an inspiration when playing and continued to inspire others to strive to get the best out of themselves."
Skilton is the fourth Australian Rules identity afforded Legend status, joining Ted Whitten, Ron Barassi and Leigh Matthews.
"Bob is among the greatest small men to have played footy," AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said.
"His incredible list of honours - three Brownlow medals and nine best-and-fairests with South Melbourne - speak to his skills and brilliance.
"But Bobby has also been a lifetime ambassador for the game, he has been the bridge to the growth of the Swans in Sydney."