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Ted Whitten

 

Name: - Ted Whitten

Born: - 27 July, 1933

From: - Melbourne, Vic.

Died: - 17 August, 1995 (prostate cancer)

Also known as: - Mr. Football, EJ

 

Played Australian Rules football for Footscray from 1951-70. Was a member of Footscray's only Premiership-winning side, in 1954. Also coached the side from 1957-71. Was named captain of the “AFL Team of the Century”. Worked as a football commentator after he retired.

Began doing commentary on “World Championship Wrestling” in the mid 70s, both alone and with the more experienced Mike Cleary and Wayne Kirby. While not initially knowing a lot about wrestling, his peronality and willingness to learn were key factors in his work. Favourite wrestler was Bruiser Brody, and there is a story that, when Brody came out to be interviewed one show, Ted was expecting the usual 'villain's tirade'. Instead, Brody thanked Ted for being one of the few announcers who gave him a fair airing each time!

Also commentator on “World of Championship Wrestling” with Mike Cleary in 1980.

Credit: Mark Dalgleish, Wikipedia, Piledriver
Photo credit: theage.com.au

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