Dusty v Danger - two AFL giants who couldn't be more different

Richmond bad boy Dustin Martin and Geelong's Patrick Dangerfield might be likened to chalk and cheese off the footy ground. 

As far as the general public knows about it anyway. 

'Dusty' Martin doesn't care much about revealing to the wider world what it is that actually makes him tick. 

 In the wild, he's often described as aloof, arrogant and perhaps a little bit caught up in his own opinion of himself. 

He has good reason to think that way of course. 

 'Danger' is the polar opposite. 

 The Cat superstar has participated in endless interviews for television, radio and newspapers this season.

The AFL Grand Final on Saturday is shaping as the Dusty versus Danger show, with the hopes of their respective teams and their countless fans resting on their shoulders.

No pressure.  

Patrick Dangerfield poses with his kids Felicity and George during a Geelong Cats AFL media opportunity at GMHBA Stadium last year

Patrick Dangerfield poses with his kids Felicity and George during a Geelong Cats AFL media opportunity at GMHBA Stadium last year

Dustin Martin cuts a fine figure off the field

Dustin Martin cuts a fine figure off the field 

Dustin Martin celebrates a goal during the 2019 AFL Grand Final between the Richmond Tigers and the GWS Giants at the MCG

Dustin Martin celebrates a goal during the 2019 AFL Grand Final between the Richmond Tigers and the GWS Giants at the MCG

Patrick Dangerfield in action during the 2020 AFL Second Preliminary Final match between the Brisbane Lions and the Geelong Cats

Patrick Dangerfield in action during the 2020 AFL Second Preliminary Final match between the Brisbane Lions and the Geelong Cats

While both undisputed champions, their lives are worlds apart. 

Dangerfield  takes little issue in casting wife Mardi and kids George and Felicity into the public spotlight. 

Dangerfield is easy going, friendly and comfortable engaging with journalists and fans alike. 

Reporters have practically given up on even trying to get Martin to attend a press conference. 

Apart from the interviews he's given when adding to his trophy cabinet, Martin's recent attempts at press engagement have been newsworthy for no other reason than how badly they went. 

About this time last year Martin made headlines after he was asked what his girlfriend thought about the undies he was spruiking. 

He was saved by his manager Ralph Carr who shoved the reporter in the back. 

It was a similar scenario in 2017, while promoting an actual football, Martin took offence at being asked about ongoing contract negotiations. 

Dustin Martin and manager Ralph Carr after  Dusty won the 2017 Brownlow Medal

Dustin Martin and manager Ralph Carr after  Dusty won the 2017 Brownlow Medal

Dustin Martin did not wish to discuss his personal life during a press conference for Bonds

Dustin Martin did not wish to discuss his personal life during a press conference for Bonds

A bloody Patrick Dangerfield during the AFL First Qualifying Final match between the Port Adelaide Power and Geelong Cats

A bloody Patrick Dangerfield during the AFL First Qualifying Final match between the Port Adelaide Power and Geelong Cats

AT A GLANCE

Martin: 187cm tall and  weighs 93kgs

Dangerfield: 189 cm tall and weighs 92kg

Martin : aged 29

Dangerfield aged 30

Martin averages 25 disposals, 1.10 goals and 4.76 inside 50s a game

Dangerfield averages 23.99 disposals, 1.12 goals and 4.82 inside 50s a game

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But Martin doesn't really need to engage with the media to do what he does best. 

He not only has two Brownlow medals, but a couple of Norm Smith medals for best on ground in Richmond's 2017 and 2019 premiership wins. 

'That is what you play footy for. That is why I play a team sport,' Martin told reporters in a rare interview. 

Those that know the Tiger personally appear to agree Martin is extremely shy, which might explain some of his behaviour in public. 

He has been linked to a bevvy of beauties over the years, but has not yet settled on one yet - well, not

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