Richmond vice-captain Jack Riewoldt along with 1980 premiership player and current Club vice-president Emmett Dunne APM will be inducted as AFL Life Members at the competition's AGM in March.
Riewoldt qualified automatically for the top honour by reaching a total of 300 games as either player or coach, including pre-season games and international rules contests. Dunne has been awarded life membership to the league under the 'special services' banner, commending his excellent contribution to the competition.
Richmond President Peggy O’Neal said Dunne was a most worthy recipient of AFL Life Membership.
“Emmett has selflessly served the game in a variety of roles for nearly 50 years. He is a man of great integrity and humility and remains a very active and valuable contributor to the game as a current Director and the Vice-President of the Richmond Football Club.
“Emmett’s leadership at board level has been instrumental in enabling our recent successes, both on and off field.
“The game and our Club are better for having Emmett involved.”
Riewoldt, a triple premiership player, was one of just nine AFL players added as a new Life Member this year.
“Jack has given an incredible amount to the Club both on and off the field since arriving from Tasmania in 2006," O'Neal said.
“For him to receive this honour whilst still very much in the midst of his playing career shows what a remarkable impact he has been able to have.
“We are proud to call Jack one of our own and he is extremely deserving of this honour.”
283 premiership games for Richmond, kicking 664 goals.
19 pre-season games for Richmond.
3 x Premiership Player for Richmond 2017, 2019, 2020.
3 x All Australian 2010, 2015, 2018.
3 x Coleman Medallist 2010, 2013, 2018.
2 x Club Best and Fairest 2010, 2018.
2 x International games 2010.
1 x State of Origin game for All Stars 2020.
129 games for Richmond and Footscray, 1976-85, kicking 63 goals
Footscray Reserves Captain/Coach 1986
Springvale (VFA) player 1987
1980 Premiership (Richmond)
1987 VFA Premiership (Springvale)
Footscray Match Committee Chair 1985-86
Richmond Reserves Coach 1988-92
Richmond Ruck Coach 1993-95
VFL/AFL Tribunal member 1997-2016
Richmond FC Club Director 2016 – current (Risk, Compliance and Integrity Committee / Chair, History and Tradition Committee)
Dunne has also served the Victorian community with distinction. The premiership Richmond player went on to have a 39 year, highly distinguished career in the Victorian Police Force culminated in him serving as Assistant Commissioner, until his retirement in 2015.