Sam Newman is a retired Australian rules football player, media personality and television presenter.
Newman played for the Geelong Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL) from 1964 to 1980, where he was known for his toughness and versatility on the field.
After retiring from football, Newman became a media personality and television presenter, hosting various shows, including The Footy Show on Channel Nine in Melbourne.
He was known for his controversial and often divisive opinions on a range of topics, including race, gender and politics.
Newman has been involved in several controversies throughout his career, including making offensive comments about Indigenous Australians, women, and transgender people.
He has also been criticized for his behavior towards guests on his shows and for his treatment of colleagues in the media industry.
Despite the controversies, Newman remains a prominent figure in Australian media and is known for his outspoken and often polarizing views.
Sam Newman wife
Newman’s wife was Amanda Brown, who passed away suddenly in their Melbourne apartment in May 2021.
The couple had been together for 20 years before getting married in late 2020, about six months before her death.
Brown died aged 50 despite Newman desperately trying to revive her using CPR for 20–30 minutes.
Newman has been married four times, and Brown was his last wife.
Sam Newman career
Newman began his football career in 1964 with the Geelong Football Club, where he played as a ruckman and key forward.
He played a total of 300 games for the club, scoring 520 goals and was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
After retiring from football in 1980, Newman became a media personality, hosting various television shows and appearing as a regular panellist on the Australian Football League (AFL) Footy Show.
He was known for his controversial opinions and outspoken personality, which often generated controversy and criticism.
In addition to his media career, Newman has also been involved in various business ventures, including owning a hotel and a restaurant.
Newman retired from his media career in 2020, after hosting the AFL Footy Show for 25 years.
Despite his controversial reputation, he remains a popular figure in Australian culture and is widely regarded as one of the most influential and entertaining personalities in the history of Australian rules football.