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Melbourne veteran David Schwarz has played his last game of AFL after announcing a surprise mid-season retirement.
Schwarz said he no longer had the passion to keep playing. The 30-year-old played 173 games over almost 11 seasons for Melbourne. A player of great courage, Schwarz played 109 of those games after undergoing a third knee reconstruction.

"I've lost my drive and passion and the will to keep going," Schwarz said. "In the end the fire in the belly is no longer there and it's time to step down."


Melbourne coach Neale Daniher said the effort to play on for so long after injuries that would have ended most careers was the measure of Schwarz as a player.

"When I arrived in 1998 ... I thought if I could 20 games out of the big fella and get him going again it would be a good effort," Daniher said.

"He did a lot of that on pure heart. He's been a great leader, an inspiring team-mate ... he's been exuberant, he's crossed the line a few times, but the game is going to miss him."

Schwarz had contemplated playing on to be a part of Melbourne's 1,000th game at the MCG in a fortnight.

"But I would have been around here for another two weeks and the boys would have picked up on it ... that I didn't want to do it anymore," he said.
 

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whos next? Knighter?

the Ox was a real character for the game, shame that his knees stunted his potential, he couldve been one of the gr8 forwards
 

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Such a shame about Schwarz. He was my all time favourite player.

I wish he could have played just one more match so we could farewell him.
 

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Holy sh1t!!!

I was at his comeback game from his third knee reconstruction (Round 11, 12 or 13 - Melbourne vs Adelaide, MCG 1997) and when he came on in the first or second quarter (how good is my memory!) the Melbourne fans went off ...

Even me and my mates gave him a standing-O because we had Rehnny go through the same thing ...

Well done to the Ox ... GND ... pure GND.
 

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Your right tiger, he really was a character :) Wish there were more players like him at AFL level. The kind of player you love to hate coz he was THAT good (and could have been better if not for injuries), the kind of player that wasnt afraid to tell everyone what they thought....

Good luck to the Ox in whatever he chooses to do :D
 

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Finish the job on Sammy hopefully ...
 

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I feel sad one of the most colourful characters in AFL is leaving,Well done Scwarter you've done sensational after 3 knee reco's you've gone so far,Your spirit will never be forgotten.Thanx for the Memories.:depress:
 

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In the 1994 Brownlow Medal, David Schwarz, Wayne Carey and Chris Grant all received 15 votes each. They were all budding superstars, who all played at centre half forward.

Fast forward to 2002 and have a look at what they've done. One has become a champion and captained his team to two premierships, but had an affair with his teammates wife and was forced to quit. One has been almost crippled by three career threatening injuries and managed to fight back and eventually retire mid-season at age 29 and the other has suffered many disappointments, such as being ineligible for a Brownlow Medal and most recently it looked like he could never play again due to insurance problems.

It's an amazing game and you never know what could happen.
 
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