Chris Judd Sport Australia Hall of Famer: The AFL legend joins Bradman, Freeman and Laver

AFL legend Chris Judd has been inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

A former member of the Australian Football Hall of Fame, the Carlton and West Coast champions, who won a Brownlow medal at both clubs, received the latest prestigious award on Thursday.

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Judd spoke exclusively to 7NEWS about his latest acquisition.

“It’s a great honor,” he said.

“It’s quite strange to still be talking about your career seven years after it ended, but it reminds me of what a fortunate career it has been and how many great people I’ve had the privilege of meeting and playing with along the way.

“It was a thrill to reminisce and post the introduction.”

The 39-year-old joins the likes of Don Bradman, Dawn Fraser, Bart Cummings, Cathy Freeman and Rod Laver at the exclusive club.

“It’s ridiculous, isn’t it? Who would have thought?” said Judd.

“It’s one of those things; You retire and you don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it but moments like this are where you have them and just to be mentioned in the same sentence with some of these incredible athletes and incredible people is a great honor for me, and my family will look back on that with great pride.”

Judd found out about the honor when he got a call from Australia’s great sportsman, John Bertrand, who broke the news to him.

Also on the phone with Judd was broadcast icon Bruce McAvaney, whose career largely coincided with Judd’s.

“He didn’t say it was ‘special,’ which was a shame, but he was awesome — just very kind and thoughtful words,” Judd said.

“You know that your sporting career has meant a lot to every athlete personally, but when people like this share the joy of what you’ve been able to achieve throughout your sporting career, it certainly means a lot.”

Chris Judd is a Carlton legend. Recognition: Michael Willson/AFL Photos/Getty Images

Judd, now a stock and stock trader, spent a number of years on the Carlton board before stepping down at the end of the 2021 season.

He said he’s enjoyed watching his old side from afar and was impressed by their improved form, but dampened his praise in hopes they’re not yet satisfied with their climb up the ladder.

“I thought (their season) was really good,” Judd said.

“You have to be careful what you celebrate in sport, business and life because I always admire teams that finish in the top four and see it as a disappointing season – it says something about their culture.

“But you also have to respect where the club comes from and how old it is. I think they’ve made big strides this year, you can really see the core of a really strong side and I thought from the outside the new coaching staff looked like they’d done an excellent job.

“There was a lot of excitement. It would have been great to see them play at least one final but I’m sure that makes them hungrier and hopefully some finals experience and some finals wins aren’t too far away.”

Chris Judd was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Recognition: Getty

He said he certainly won’t be making a comeback to footy in any way anytime soon.

“I’m really happy with what I’m doing now; I’m busy making some money in the stock markets, which is pretty darn hard right now – and I’ve got the four kids and a lot of other things, so I’m enjoying that,” he said.

“I trade stocks, it’s ugly out there. I think oil has the potential to go higher and short term I think the US dollar has the potential to go higher and not much else.

“It’s a time for singles, it’s a time to slam the hatches. Do your own research, but it’s a jungle out there.”

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