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Beloved sporting personality and AFL legend
Categories: Sports Heroes
Full Presenter Profile & Bio
A well-known and much loved AFL player, Robert DiPierdomenico ‘Dipper’ played 240 games during his football career. Now a national media personality, Dipper makes regular appearances on 'Before the Game', 'Postcards' and Fox Footy’s 'Auskick’n Around'. Dipper is a great speaker and MC bringing his humour and character to each engagement.
After an inauspicious debut with the Hawks back in 1975, The “Big Dipper,” as he likes to be known, was best afield in the 1978 Grand Final against North Melbourne. The 20-year-old from Kew had been kicking around the club since 1975, but on September 30, 1978, he hit the big time when he was named on the bench for the Grand Final. He gathered 15 kicks, shot out six handpasses and took six marks, with a legend of the game being born. Andrew was known for patrolling the wings with flair and with a toughness and winning the 1986 Brownlow Medal with Greg Williams.
In 2007, Dipper enjoyed one of his proudest moments when he was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame.
Post AFL, Dipper developed into a national media personality via his work on Channel 7. He is well known for his role as 'Boundary Rider' for the network and now continues his work with the network as a panel member of The Sunday Footy Panel with Rex Hunt. Dipper is also heavily involved with the AFL as the ambassador for their junior development program, Auskick. Dipper's role includes educating Australia's youth about Australian Rules Football - a role that takes him to every corner of the nation. Robert's energy and enthusiasm delights all audiences as he shares stories that will inspire, motivate and enlighten.