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AFL greats Billy Brownless and Garry Lyon are in line to earn a combined place in the Downlow Medal Hall of Fame following recent revelations of their propensity for sharing.
The two players locked horns for many years on the field when Brownless played for Geelong and Lyon for Melbourne, but since hanging up their boots they have embraced the adage that it is better to ‘make love not war’.
They have shared seats on the panel of the AFL Footy Show for many years and it now appears they were at the same time sharing other things away from the television studios.
The Downlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the NRL, Australian Football League (AFL), the A League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition.
The inaugural winner was Sydney Roosters Rugby League player and New Zealand international Shaun Kenny Dowall.
The award also recognises past greats through entry into the Hall of Fame. Should Brownless and Lyon receive the honour, they would join incumbent inductees such as Ben Cousins and Wayne Carey from the AFL and Todd Carney from the NRL. They would also be the first inductees to share a position in the Hall of Fame.