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Daniel Kerr
Daniel Kerr playing for the Dream Team
Daniel Kerr playing for the Dream Team
Personal information
Birth 16 May 1983 (1983-05-16) (age 26)
Recruited from East Fremantle Football Club (WAFL)
Height and weight 178 cm / 79 kg
Playing career¹
Debut Round 1, 1 April 2001, West Coast Eagles vs. Geelong, at Skilled Stadium
Team(s) West Coast Eagles (2001-)

166 games, 97 goals

¹ Statistics to end of 2009 season
Career highlights
* All-Australian 2007

Daniel Matthew Kerr (born 16 May 1983) is an Australian rules footballer.

Kerr was recruited from East Fremantle Football Club and made his AFL debut in 2001 with the West Coast Eagles. He is a hard-running midfielder who is a vital part of the midfield brigade at the Eagles, including Dean Cox and Chad Fletcher.

Kerr is of Anglo-Indian descent.[3] His father, Roger, was born in Calcutta to an Indian mother and played for East Fremantle in the WAFL. Kerr is a second cousin of Fremantle player Shaun McManus.

Like fellow West Coast Eagles teammate Quinten Lynch, Daniel Kerr also attended Aquinas College, Perth.[4] Kerr is also part of the Stand Up Speak Up campaign.

On 30th January 2010 Daniel married his girlfriend of 2 years Natasha Pozo at Aquinas College and having the reception at Incontro in South Perth. Chris Judd was his best man and Quinten Lynch was one of his groomsmen.

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Football career

Kerr was selected with the number 18 pick in the 2000 AFL Draft. Kerr is widely known as one of the toughest players in the AFL. In August 2006, the much bigger Fraser Gehrig considered one of the strongest players in the AFL[5], tried to palm off a tackle by Kerr, only to have Kerr resist and re-tackle Gehrig, with the result being the umpire rewarding Kerr with a "holding the ball" decision. Similarly, his physical strength was further demonstrated in round one in the 2007 AFL season against the Sydney Swans when he successfully tackled and took down the far bigger Barry Hall in the goalsquare. It is play like this, along with the ability to rip balls out of seemingly impossibly congested packs that have earned Kerr an enormous esteem with West Coast fans, and fans of the game in general. Some commentators of the game such as former Melbourne captain Garry Lyon have agreed that Kerr is an underrated player and is of similar importance to West Coast as their better known superstars such as Chris Judd and Ben Cousins[citation needed]. However with Judd and Cousins having recently departed from the club he is now likely to be regarded as one of, if not the most important player for the team. He also took a spectacular mark against Collingwood in Round 13 of the 2006 AFL season at the Telstra Dome.

In 2003, Kerr won the AFL Goal of the Year and was runner up to team-mate Ben Cousins in the AFL's most prestigious individual award the Brownlow Medal in 2005.[citation needed]

In 2005 Kerr nearly provided one of the biggest upsets in Brownlow Medal history, leading the count towards the later rounds and finishing second to favourite, fellow teammate Ben Cousins. In the following year, he came third in the Brownlow Medal count with 22 votes, however, was ineligible due to a striking charge against Hawthorn's Sam Mitchell in Round 14.

However, Kerr claims that Brownlow night 2006 was something of an epiphany for him, and he realised the folly of his on-field indiscretions[6].

Kerr has recently been nicknamed "The People's Champion" as used by Chris Judd in an interview with Dennis Cometti on Perth's Channel Nine news on 18/9/06. The nickname may have been adapted to Kerr due to his omission from the official 2006 AFL All-Australian team, despite having another stellar season.

In 2006, Kerr was part of the Eagles' 2006 premiership side. He played with broken bones in his foot.[7]

In 2007, Kerr had another great year with the eagles. He came runner up in the Brownlow Medal for a second time in his career, Jimmy Bartel was the winner.

Daniel Kerr recently re-signed with the Eagles after weeks of speculation over his future in the 2009 season.

In round 10 of the 2009 season Kerr was suspended for 1 week for a strike on Carlton's Marc Murphy. After an appeal by the Eagles the decision was upheld by the AFL tribunal.

Off-field controversies

In September 2002 Kerr was involved in a brawl with team mate Ben Cousins at a Perth nightclub, in which Cousins punched Kerr in the face during the club's end of season celebrations. Later the same night, Kerr pushed Cousins down a flight of stairs, breaking his arm.[8][9]

In 2004 Kerr was charged with forging a prescription. Kerr was given the blank prescription by a person at a party and went to a 24-hour chemist to buy 50 valium tablets. The court fined him a total of $400 and made a spent conviction order. He was also fined $5,000 by the club and was be required to complete community service throughout the football season.[10]

In January 2007 Kerr and his father were charged with assault following a party in Perth. Kerr is understood to have been at a farewell party for his sister's friend in Attadale before trouble erupted shortly after midnight. It was understood that Kerr's sister complained about being touched inappropriately by another partygoer and a fight erupted soon after on the street. An 18-year-old man suffered a broken nose and broken tooth and was taken to Fremantle Hospital by a friend for treatment.[11] Kerr was charged with two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm. Kerr was fined $2,000 for the major assault charge. His father was also fined after being found guilty of assault .[12]

On 25 February 2007 Kerr was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after an altercation with a taxi driver. Kerr was later arrested again while at a training session, and further charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and wilful damage. Police prosecutor Gary Flynn told the court Kerr saw the taxi and jumped screaming and shouting onto the boot. The taxi driver got out of his car and was attacked by Kerr, Sgt Flynn said. Kerr's lawyer John Prior said his client had gone out to dinner and "consumed too much alcohol" and "made a crucial bad judgement call". Kerr pleaded guilty to the charges and was fined.[13]

On 23 March 2007 information was released that implicated Kerr in drug dealing over the phone. Kerr's conversations with convicted drug dealer Shane Waters relating to a "big bag of horse chaff" were recorded by police phone taps in 2003.[9][14]

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