Luke Ward only met Danny Frawley a couple of times, but the impression the former St Kilda captain and Richmond coach left on him will last forever.
Mr Ward was so shaken when he heard the news of Frawley's death in a car crash on Monday, he asked his carer Mason Rhodes if they could have a kick on the Bungaree Oval as a tribute.
"I play for the disability football club and last year we played Reclink in Melbourne and Danny Frawley gave us all our medals," he said.
"It's really hard to see a legend go like that, my condolences to the family and the footy club here, but I just want to say he's the best man I've ever met in footy."
Mr Ward said he had followed the details throughout the day when the accident was first reported.
"When my friend mentioned to me it was Danny, I was like, 'no way, it can't be', it's just so sad," he told The Courier.
"I had to come out here today with Mason, just to have a kick of the footy on the ground he grew up on in honour of him.
"It's really special to be out here where this stand is, I thought it was a dream, I woke up this morning and thought 'it can't have happened'.
"Footy means a lot to me, I look up to all the AFL players, especially Danny."
Mr Rhodes said it was hard to reason that such a figure who had brought so much life was no longer with us.
"When you do have such a large personality, it's a shock to everyone," he said.
"Luke and I had a good chat on the way out here about life.
"It does make you take a step back and reflect a lot about your own life and what you can do to help and support others."
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