Chris McDermott (born 4 November 1963) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL) and the Glenelg Football Club and North Adelaide Football Club in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL).
|Date of birth||4 November 1963|
|Original team(s)||Glenelg (SANFL)|
No. 21, 1981 interstate draft|
No. 2, 1987 national draft
|Height||182 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||92 kg (203 lb)|
|1997||North Adelaide||10 (0)|
|Representative team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1997.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
He was an inaugural inductee into the South Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
Chris McDermott was the inaugural captain of the AFL club Adelaide Crows. He was initially signed by the VFL team Fitzroy in 1981, but stayed in the SANFL with Glenelg Football Club after the South Australian player retention scheme was developed to pay top players to remain in South Australia. He was also chased by Carlton, and eventually drafted by Brisbane in 1986, but still never made his VFL debut. He played 227 games for his SANFL club Glenelg.
It was not until 1990 when talks of Port Adelaide becoming the South Australian team in the national competition that McDermott looked to Victoria for another club. However, when it became clear that the Adelaide Crows were going to be South Australia's entry into the AFL, he remained in his home state as the club's inaugural captain.
In July 2014 McDermott became a football and sports commentator for Adelaide talkback radio station FIVEaa and hosted the station's weekday drive-time sports show with another former Adelaide Crows player, Stephen Rowe. In November 2014 McDermott was replaced on FIVEaa by former Adelaide Crows dual premiership captain, Mark Bickley.
- Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 9781920910785.
- "100 Club: Chris McDermott". Adelaide Football Club. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
- These totals refer to premiership matches (home and away and finals matches) only.
- "Chris S McDermott". SANFL Hall of Fame. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
- Devaney, John (2008). The Full Points Footy Encyclopedia of Australian Football Clubs, Volume 1. Full Points Publications. ISBN 978-0-9556897-0-3.
- Paton, Al (28 October 2013). "Draft rewind: We rewrite the top 10 of the 1986 and 1987 AFL drafts". Herald Sun. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
- Rucci, Michelangelo (23 October 2013). "Crows premiership captain Mark Bickley replaces Adelaide's inaugural skipper Chris McDermott on FIVEaa sports show". The Advertiser. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
- Chris McDermott's playing statistics from AFL Tables