Andrew McLeod achieved plenty in his AFL career.
A dual premiership winner who won the Norm Smith Medal in both grand final successes, the Adelaide Crows legend is still remembered by fans as one of their favourite players.
Yet even now he’s finding ways to impress, 15 years into retirement and at the age of 47.
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McLeod looked fitter than ever in an image shared by boxing gym Adelaide Fight Club on Saturday, standing alongside Port Adelaide premiership player Kane Cornes.
Cornes himself has maintained impressive fitness levels in retirement, competing in marathons and running from Adelaide to Melbourne — over 700km — in just 12 days.
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But it was McLeod who took the spotlight after their meeting.
Australian Paralympic runner Michael Roeger put it simply: “Strewth Macca.”
The premiership players are still staying fit in retirement. Credit: InstagramMcLeod pictured during his final AFL season. Credit: Morne de Klerk/Getty Images
Cornes is in training for a boxing fight with former AFL star Nathan Brown on a card that also includes Anthony Rocca v Corey McKernan, Dane Swan v Dale Thomas and Mitch Robinson v Kayne Pettifer.
“Just as well you’re not fighting him (McLeod),” wrote Cornes’ radio colleague Sam Edmund.
“What in the world has he been doing to get so ridiculously ripped, man,” one follower said.
“How is Bunji (McLeod) fitter than when he played?!” another wrote.
McLeod looked strong in appearances in the EJ Whitten Legends game through 2016-19 but appears to have taken his fitness to a new level since then.
In 2017 he said he was motivated to stay fit in his post-footy life to help with his roles helping Indigenous youth.
“With what I do I have to try to be as good a role model as I can,’’ McLeod said.
“In part of my programs I talk to kids about being healthy and looking after themselves and you’ve got to live it, so that’s what I do and try to be as good a role model as I can.’’
McLeod at the 2019 EJ Whitten Legends game. Credit: LUKE HEMER/AAPIMAGE
The 340-game great said at the time that he focused heavily on nutrition while tallying up two hours of exercise per day.
“I’m lucky that I lived a lifestyle as an elite footballer for 16 years, so I developed some good habits,” McLeod said.
“And while it can be easy to go the other way fortunately I’ve been able to maintain the healthy habits.’’