AFL legend Brendan Fevola has spoken about his latest addition after being confronted about it live on air.
Fevola, who played 204 AFL games for the Carlton Blues and Brisbane Lions before retiring in 2010, was forced to defend his latest obsession with video games after being told he was ‘dedicating a lot of (his) life’ to Call of Duty (COD).
On the Fifi, Fev and Nick radio program on Tuesday afternoon, Fevola was presented with ‘very worrying statistics’ that showed he had spent 557 hours playing the shooting war game in the last six months.
Brendan Fevola (pictured) was confronted about his video game addiction on the radio program he is apart of, the Fifi, Fev and Nick show, on Tuesday afternoon
‘Can I put this in perspective because a lot of your life is going to COD at the moment, a lot of valuable time,’ co-host Fifi Box told Fevola.
‘You’re dedicating a lot of your life. And this isn’t a dress rehearsal, you get one shot at life and you’re spending a lot of it playing a video game.
‘Point one percent of games you win, so 0.1 per cent of all that time and energy you’re actually doing something good. Some life choices you might want to reflect on.’
Box told Fevola the 557 hours he had spent playing COD in half a year equated to a total of 23.2 days, close to a full month.
‘It’s a bit scary but what about all the other things I do, the vacuuming, the cooking, the washing, the cleaning, and I can still get COD in?’ Fevola said.
‘I’m pretty good.’
Fevola, pictured with his ex-wife, now fiancee Alex, was told by co-host Fifi Box he had spent 557 hours playing shooting game Call of Duty in the last six months
Fevola, who played 204 AFL games, was told by radio co-host Nick Camov he had played more COD in the last six months than he did in his AFL playing career
Fevola got hooked on the game after seeing his brother playing.
‘Early days, I didn’t know what I was doing. I was running around getting shot and had no idea what was going on,’ Fevola said.
His 204 AFL games equated to 408 hours of footy, prompting co-host Nick Camov to note ‘You’ve played more COD than AFL’.
‘Righto, Mr Mathematician; what about all the training, the meetings and all the crap you do? I started playing at the age of five, it’s all hard work,’ Fevola replied.
On the radio show last month, Fevola revealed for the first time he sold his Coleman Medal to feed his gambling addiction, which he admitted spiralled out of control.
Fevola previously denied claims he listed the prestigious medal, which he won in 2009 as the league’s leading goalkicker, on Ebay in April 2012.
Fevola last month revealed he sold his John Coleman Medal to feed his gambling addiction. He is pictured with the medal in 2006
In 2019, Fevola revealed how he was was pulled from the depths of depression as he battled a gambling addiction and alcohol abuse (pictured with partner Alex in 2007)
His 2008 and 2009 All Australian trophies were listed for sale at the same time.
Fevola also said he used family funds to escalate his bets, which ‘crippled’ his loved ones.
In 2019, Fevola told how he was was pulled from the depths of depression as he battled his gambling addiction and alcohol abuse after a rocky split with his wife, Alex Fevola, 43, in 2016.
The pair have since got back together.
Fevola admitted he ‘didn’t realise’ the extent of his mental health problems until he was ‘saved’ by ex-Brisbane Lions Coach Michael Voss.
He said last December that he was happier than he has ever been.
The 3am start for his radio program was a shock for the one-time hell-raiser, who was more accustomed to arriving home in the wee hours than going out to work at that time.