Seamus McNamara

Seamus McNamara (born June 2, 1985) is an American-born former Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League (AFL), and former professional basketball player.[1]

Seamus McNamara
Personal information
Full name Seamus McNamara
Nickname(s) Shae
Date of birth (1985-06-02) June 2, 1985
Place of birth Milwaukee, USA
Draft No. 47, 2010 rookie draft
Height 204 cm (6 ft 8 in)
Weight 104 kg (229 lb)
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2010–2012 Collingwood 0 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2012.

McNamara signed a two-year international rookie contract[2] and was selected by the Collingwood Football Club in the 2009 AFL rookie draft at pick 47.[3][4]

Collingwood discovered McNamara, who played four seasons of NCAA Division I collegiate basketball in the US for Marist College in New York before playing one season of professional basketball in Germany for TSV Dachau Spurs.

When Collingwood gave out their jumper numbers for the 2010 season, McNamara requested the recently vacated number 23 (formerly worn by Anthony Rocca). Instead, McNamara was given the number 50 after Collingwood wished to keep the number 23 vacant after Rocca's departure. McNamara later said his number 50 could represent the 50 states of the United States.

On March 13, 2010, McNamara played in his first competitive match against an opposition team (a 61-point win over Geelong in a VFL pre-season game).

McNamara is the fifth player to be born in the United States to be associated with an AFL club and the first American-born player to play for Collingwood.[5]

In September 2012, McNamara was cut from the Collingwood list after having played three NAB pre-season cup matches for the club. After being delisted from Collingwood McNamara returned to his original sport, signing on to play with the Sandringham Sabres in the South East Australian Basketball League. In 2012, McNamara was delisted from the Sandringham Sabres.

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