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June 14, 2017

Aussie Footy's Steele Sidebottom

Steele Sidebottom is a professional Australian rules football player currently playing for the Collingwood Football Club in the Australian Football League. Sidebottom was selected by Collingwood with selection 11 in the 2008 AFL Draft at age 17. 

He was the youngest player on their premiership squad for several years on which he debuted at age 19, and for whom he has played almost 150 games. 
He is the youngest of five brothers,  and was born on January 2, 1991 (age 26) in Victoria, Australia.    Sidebottom grew up as the "baby"  of five boys in a family that was sports-obsessed.  The brothers even arranged their own footy goalposts and cricket nets in their backyard at Tallygaroopna, even though the local sports oval was, quite literally, over their back fence.

His number at Collingwood is 22.  He is 5′ 11″(180 cm) tall, and weighs 185 lbs (84 kg).  He has been a consistently good player for the Collingwood Magpies.  He suffered his first major injury in 2015, but has bounced back from his furlough. 
His older brother Ryan plays Cricket for the Victorian Bushrangers.  His nicknames include Bluescope and Rusty.  Around his home and his brothers he is always Rusty.
He has an unusual talent, he is known for having memorized the brand names and colors of all of the footy boots of the great majority of players in the AFL:  

Some players play well, some are fun to watch.  It will be fun to watch Steele Sidebottom play well in the rest of this season and in the years ahead.