Nigel James Smart (born 21 May 1969) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Smart played most of his career in defence and became a crowd favourite, easily identifiable with his bald head and goatee.
|Full name||Nigel Smart|
|Date of birth||21 May 1969|
Christies Beach (SFL)|
South Adelaide (SANFL)
|Height||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||91 kg (14 st 5 lb; 201 lb)|
|Representative team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2004.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Smart made his senior debut in 1988 in the SANFL with South Adelaide Football Club and was a member of the Adelaide Crows squad for their inaugural season in 1991. Smart was named at full-back for Adelaide's Round One match against Hawthorn, going up against superstar full-forward Jason Dunstall. On his AFL debut, Smart collected six kicks, nine handballs and grabbed six marks.
One of the most famous incidents attributed to Smart's career was during the 1992 pre-season, when the Crows organised a session to walk over hot coals. Smart suffered severe burns to his feet but returned to play football soon after.
Smart was one of the key players in Adelaide's resurgence under Malcolm Blight, and in the 1997 AFL Grand Final against St Kilda, he had the honour of kicking the final goal of the match as Adelaide won their first AFL premiership. He was also a member of the Crows team which won the 1998 AFL Grand Final; the Crows becoming the first team since Hawthorn in 1988 and 1989 to win back-to-back premierships.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
Smart has been a member of the Crows' board since 2005, and assumed the role of Deputy Chairman for the 2009. On 1 March 2013, Smart became the Chief Operating Officer of the Adelaide Football Club.
- "Nigel Smart". Footy Wire. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
- Milbank, Zac (24 March 2011). "Smart effort against mighty Dunstall". The Advertiser.
- Connolly, Rohan. "ROCO'S HIGH 5 EXOTIC FOOTY INJURIES". www.sen.com.au. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
- Nigel Smart's player profile at AFL Tables
- Antony Green (26 April 2006). "Norwood Electorate Profile". 2006 South Australian Election. ABC News Online. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
- "AFC Website". New Crows role for Smart.