Adam Goodes – “If I’m only known for football then I’ve failed”: must watch interview

Jun 4, 2023
Adam Goodes poses on the red carpet at the world premiere of the Adam Goodes documentary, The Australian Dream at the Melbourne Entertainment and Convention Centre in Melbourne, Thursday, August 1, 2019. A documentary about AFL champion Adam Goodes charts the dual Brownlow medallist's successful playing career and controversy surrounding a 2013 racist incident.lImage:AAP/Stefan Postles

“You be the bigger person, and you walk away.” AFL Legend and Co-Founder of the GO Foundation, Adam Goodes Gets Real with former Manchester United player and England Football Captain, Rio Ferdinand covering family, leadership, racism, culture and identity, and his love for sport.

Former Manchester United player and England Football Captain, Rio Ferdinand sits down with Adam Goodes, a two-time AFL premiership player, former Australian of the Year, and Co-Founder of the GO Foundation covering family, leadership, racism and Aussie Rules.

The AFL legend discusses his work with the GO Foundation which provides opportunities for Indigenous youth, how soccer was actually his first love and how he has returned to it since retiring from the Sydney Swans.

Adam also opens up to Rio about how he has navigated moving from sport to the business world, how his family have helped shaped his life, and the importance of culture and identity.

As one of the most prominent voices in Australian sports and an advocate for social justice, including his experiences dealing with racism, Adam’s interview is both enlightening and inspiring.

Get Real with Rio is steered by one of the most successful footballers of all time and a passionate advocate for social change, Rio Ferdinand who provides a unique perspective to this conversation with Adam.


First published by WeAre8 May 24, 2023.

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