- Melbourne Demons legend was a champion player and coach
- Leaves an enormous legacy behind following his death
- Significant push to name the premiership trophy after him
Renaming the premiership cup after Ron Barassi is among the ways the AFL is considering honouring the football legend.
League chiefs will consult clubs and key industry figures in coming days before deciding how to acknowledge Barassi, who died on Saturday aged 87.
The AFL Commission will make a final call, with the grand final looming next week.
‘It’s hard to imagine a bigger or more significant figure in the history of Australian Rules than Ron Barassi,’ outgoing AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan told reporters on Monday.
‘There were his exploits on the field, off the field and more broadly as an innovator and someone incredibly progressive.
‘His legacy is being considered. There is, I know, a lot of push for renaming the premiership cup.
‘There are other ways to remember him. Those things are being discussed.’
Ron Barassi is one of the greatest legends in the history of VFL and AFL and would be a strong candidate for the trophy to be named after
Barassi played 204 games for Melbourne and 50 for Carlton. The footy legend also had an extensive and successful coaching career
McLachlan played a straight bat when asked for his own opinion on whether the premiership cup should be renamed after Barassi.
‘I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to express my view at the moment, other than to say I believe Ron Barassi needs to be honoured in some way,’ McLachlan said.
‘There are a variety of ways and I know the focus is on the renaming of the premiership cup. That will have different views.
‘We’ll work through the process with our clubs and ultimately it will be a Commission decision.
‘But I do think he needs to be acknowledged in the same way that Norm Smith has been or Jock McHale.’
Smith and McHale both have grand final day awards named after them.
Barassi has already been honoured with a statue at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, but there is a significant push for the premiership trophy to be named after him as well
The Norm Smith Medal is awarded to the best player on the ground in the season decider and the Jock McHale Medal goes to the premiership-winning coach.
The AFL is also considering a tribute to Barassi on grand final day this year.
Barassi played 253 senior VFL games in his career, including 204 for Melbourne and 49 for Carlton.
Between playing and coaching, Barassi claimed 10 premierships at Melbourne, Carlton and North Melbourne.
Only fellow Demons great Norm Smith, who coached Barassi, has won as many flags in a playing and coaching career in the VFL/AFL.