Brad Ebert: A lasting legacy

Brad Ebert is a legend of the Port Adelaide Football Club. Picture: portadelaidefc.com.au

The Ebert name is one of the biggest in South Australian football.

Port Adelaide champions Russell and Craig Ebert began that legacy in their playing days, with Russell winning multiple Magarey Medals and premierships, while Craig played over 100 games for the club.

Russell’s son, Brett, would become Port Adelaide’s first ever father-son selection at the end of 2002.

He would become a damaging small forward for the Power, played in the 2007 AFL Grand Final and feature in the All-Australian team.

Brett walked into the Power during the club’s most successful time in the AFL.

Brad’s journey into the AFL would be different, drafted by the West Coast Eagles at the end of the 2007 season.

Following the Eagles’ finals series at the end of 2011, where he was dropped for the semi-final, Ebert requested a trade to Port Adelaide.

He would enter the club at its lowest point. Coming off a 16th-placed season with just three wins, and it had suffered its biggest ever loss in back-to-back weeks.

Brad’s impact was immediate. Two goals, 21 touches and two Brownlow votes in his first match at Port, in a narrow win over St Kilda.

Little did we know, Brad’s arrival would be one of the first signs of Port Adelaide’s revival from cellar dweller to competitor once again.

He’d play every game in 2012 all the way through until 2016, where he missed one match.

It was rare to see him without a bandaged head after a collision would leave him bloodied.

Watching Brad each week, you knew what you were going to get. Head over the ball, relentless attack and desperation for his club.

The final act of his career was something that summed him up.

Selfless, brave, desperate and body on the line.

The Ebert chant around Adelaide Oval was a fitting send off to a true champion of the Port Adelaide Football Club.

He may not have had the personal accolades and premierships like his uncle, Russell, but he definitely has a lasting legacy Port fans will remember for life.

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