Newman has become the man Australians either love
or hate ... a walking one man soap opera sometimes
known as "Mr Controversy".
been labelled racist and sexist. He's been caught
drink driving and he has been thrown out of casinos.
He's been bashed by his former girlfriend's boyfriend
and run over by the pregnant mother of his child.
Somewhere along the way he's become a major television
star and co-host of Channel
9's "The Footy Show".
It would be no exaggeration to say that Sam's personality
on the show has helped lift the interest in Australian
Rules football throughout Australia.
current breakfast announcer for 2UE
in Sydney, and former radio colleague of Sam's says,
"Sam Newman is a classic example of someone whose
life has been shaped by his education. He makes no
secret of the fact that his time at Geelong
Grammar is very important to him. I think it's
shaped his view on the rest of all of us and I think
it's given him an in-built confidence from very early
on in his life that he was better than other people.
There's no doubt that Sam thinks he's better than
other people. It's not even a query in his mind. He's
physically stronger and always was and when he played
football for all those years he never flinched and
I think sometimes that's where people consider him
to be arrogant or cocky or harsh or hard. I don't
think it's that all. I just think it's an in-born
natural feeling that he's superior".
childhood at Geelong Grammar School, through AFL stardom,
three failed marriages, national notoriety on television
and all the escapades in between, Newman has done
Newman will remain one of the most controversial media
figures in Australia for quite some time to come.
no doubt Sam thinks he's better than other people."
Steve Price, friend and former 3AW radio colleague.
definitely bonuses to having a famous father, but
I would do anything to give up my Dad being famous
to have a Dad who's always been around... I'd make
that swap in a second."
Jack Newman, Sam's 22-year-old son.
Newman, Eddie McGuire & team (The Footy Show)
Media Man Australia wishes Sam Newman well in
his battle with cancer