Nathan Chapman (footballer)

Nathan Chapman (born 7 May 1975) is a former Australian rules footballer who had a short career in the Australian Football League before a brief stint as an American Football punter. At the time, he was one of few Australians to be contracted at the top level in both the AFL and NFL.

Nathan Chapman
Personal information
Full name Nathan Chapman
Date of birth (1975-05-07) 7 May 1975
Original team(s) Kangaroo Flat (BFL)
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1993–1996 Brisbane Bears 49 (12)
1997 Brisbane Lions 11 0(1)
1998–2000 Hawthorn 16 0(4)
Total 76 (17)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2000.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Chapman was selected in the 1992 AFL Draft at pick 2 by the struggling Brisbane Bears, from Kangaroo Flat. The Bears outfit, short of key defenders used the lightly built 188 cm tall Chapman at full back against many of the game's power forwards in his first few seasons. Having been occasionally humiliated in key positions and taking some time to bulk up his body, Chapman was often tried in the forward line with some success.

After injury and inconsistent form, he was traded in 1997 to the Hawthorn Hawks having played just 49 games for the Bears and 11 with the Lions.

Injury again struck and Chapman was relegated to the Victorian Football League affiliate before being eventually delisted in 2000 having played only 16 senior games with the Hawks.[1]

In 2004, a few years after being delisted by the Hawks, and after many months of practice, Chapman went to the United States, where he was signed by the Green Bay Packers as a free agent.[2] Chapman played in 3 pre-season games for Green Bay, at one point out-punting one of the team's rookies. Chapman also spent time at the rookie and senior minicamps of the Chicago Bears.[3]

Chapman is Director and Coach of Prokick Australia with ex NFL and CFL free agent placekicker John A. Smith. ProKick Australia is an American football punting and placekicking school in Australia which trains and assesses Australians to the standard required for NCAA, NFL and CFL punting and placekicking positions.[4] He now runs Prokick Australia as a coach.

In 2019 he worked as a specialist skills coach with Richmond's VFLW team and in 2020 he will serve in the same role with the club's senior women's side in the AFL Women's competition.[5]


  1. "Nathan Chapman of the Hawthorn Hawks Player Profile and AFL Stats".
  2. "Packers Re-Sign DL Larry Smith, Add Australian P Nathan Chapman". Archived from the original on 9 April 2004.
  3. " - Aussies put best foot forward".
  4. Williams, Rebecca (16 February 2007). "Players silly not to take US punt". Herald Sun. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  5. "Tigers lock in inaugural AFLW coaching panel". Richmond FC. Telstra Media. 8 November 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
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