JOHN SCHULTZ was recruited from Boort ( Victoria ) by the Footscray Bulldogs ( now the Western Bulldogs ) in 1958 and played 188 Games kicking 37 Goals until his retirement as a player at the completion of the 1968 season. Schultz is credited as being the forerunner to the modern day mobile ruckman, and used his incredible stamina to ruck at all contests throughout a match. His fairness as an Australian Football Player was of the highest renown, and his record of never having been reported is ample proof of the fact. There are a number of Schultz’s Football Cards and those of many players from his era available at qualityafltradingcards.com.
Schultz was incredibly athletic, a brilliant tap ruckman, an outstanding mark around the ground and a consumate Team Player, who tackled opponents solidly and handed out a number of aggressive, but fair bumps. From his debut in 1958, Schultz played 169 Games in succession, until he suffered a knee injury in mid-1965. He won a number of individual Awards and Honours in his marvellous career, including:- Footscray Bulldogs Best and Fairest Player Awards ( Charles Sutton Medal ) for Seasons 1960, 1962, 1964, 1965, and 1966, selection as a Victorian State Representative on 24 occasions, selected as an All Australian in 1961, won the prestigious Brownlow Medal in 1960, selection in the Footscray Bulldogs/Western Bulldogs Team of the Century in 2002, and was an inaugural inductee to the Australian Football League Hall of Fame in 1996.
John Schultz played his entire Senior Career as an Amateur ( received no financial payment ), and is one of a few players who were selected as an All Australian Team Member in their first year of Senior Football. Schultz was the Best Player in the Bulldogs losing Grand Final side of 1961 and was regarded as the most difficult opponent to overcome, by most of the other leading ruckmen of his time. He retired as a player at 29 years of age to assist with the Family Business, and after a number of years, returned to the AFL as an Honorary Tribunal Member. Schultz will always be remembered as the blonde “gentle giant” , who excited Bulldogs fans for a decade, with , and alongside the legendary E. J. ( Ted ) Whitten.
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