Let me introduce you to Mr. Tommy Hafey, here in Australia he's a living legend for many reasons. 50 years ago he was a professional footballer, playing Australian Rules Football (AFL) in an era when the rules, though basically the same as today, could be manipulated far more easily given the grounds were not flooded with TV camera's. There also was no video review, only one field umpire (now we have 3) and the shear thuggery that was tolerated by players, officials and the fans was immeasurably more than it is today. In fact it was in some ways a totally different game, and a totally different world from what it is today. Tommy Hafey was a hard man but a fair man by the standards of the day, however today he just would'nt be tollerated, none of his peers would be. Tommy retired as a player in 1965 having played 190 games for the Richmond Tigers over 11 years.
He was then apointed head coach at Richmond, before going on to coach the Geelong and Sydney AFL clubs, coaching some 570 games winning his fare share of premierships (Championships) along the way. Upon leaving "the game" he was then in the media for many years, on Television and writting for the papers. But what he's probably most famous for today is his fitness and health regieme.
Tommy Hafey is 83, yes 83 years old and his fitness regieme puts most people's to shame, including me and it has not altered since 1965 when he retired as a player, in fact it's increased as he got older. Every morning before sun rise no matter the weather he runs 10 to 12 Km's, ocean swims 4 Km's then completes 500 push-ups, 300 sit-ups and 200 leg raises. But wait there's more, for the past 37 years he's eaten an Asian based diet, he's been tea total since his playing days, never having alcohol and he's also been processed sugar free all that time. He gave up sugar all those years ago to prove to his daughter that it was just mind over matter and if you wanted do truely do something in life, put your mind to it, anything and it's achievable.
His nickname since his playing days is "Tee Shirt Tommy" because no matter what the weather, summer, winter, rain hail or shine he only ever seems to wear, you guessed it, a tee shirt.
Now Tommy lectures on health and fitness visiting schools talking to the benifits of regular exercise, healthy living, discipline and that we all must have a passion in life, not any passion, not someone elses passion, our passion. How it is our responcibility to go out into the world and find our own passion and pursue it with our whole being. He is truely one of the most insparational, down to earth people anyone could meet or listen to.
Unfortunately Tommy is in hospital at present, in early March he had a brain tumor removed and has had to be re-admitted to hospital due to complications arising from the surgery. Everyone here will be praying for him, sending him good vibes for a speedy recovery because none of us is quite ready for a world without tee shirt Tommy.
Tommy Hafey, in my opinion, in bodies The Cool Impossible and what Eric and his philosophies teach us all about health, fitness, true self, over coming fear and humanity. There are far too few Tommy Hafey's in this world, people like him are lit from within and without fear or favor they shine a beacon of light on our own lifes path, helping us find our way .
A speedy recovery Tommy.