1. Even though there's been some disgraceful booing of Adam Goodes in recent years it's pretty apparent that he's one of the greatest Australians of his generation. Like for a lot of his 365 games he's been heavily tagged.
2. And he's still been able to totally dominate for more than 15 years.
3. Kicking an eye-watering 454 goals.
4. Becoming one of the most thrilling and bruising players to ever lace-up and play Aussie rules.
5. He's been a star going back to his young days. Born in South Australia, Goodes was one of the most exciting players in the VFL before being drafted by the Sydney Swans.
6. And straight away he made his mark. Looking dashing while doing it, may we add.
7. Goodes has played every single one of his professional AFL games for the same club. In the modern era it's pretty remarkable.
8. There's probably no more beloved club man... everyone from the fans to the staff to the players seem to just freaking LOVE the guy.
9. On the field he's been bloody dominant. In a hotly contested field, Goodes was jointly named the AFL's best and fairest player in 2003.
10. He took his Mum as his date to the awards night and it was adorable.
11. In 2005, Goodes was a key player in taking the Swans to its first premiership in 72 YEARS!!!! He cried about it *sniff* it was beautiful.
12. He drank from the cup of glory.
13. He then went and won ANOTHER best and fairest in 2006, becoming only the 12th player to win the Brownlow medal more than once.
14. This time he took along his partner and looked like a massive beautiful dork.
15. Just a few days later the Swans lost the 2006 grand final. Lucky he was there for his shattered mates, though.
16. For so long he's been taking ridiculous marks that's left Australia screaming, "WHOOOOOAH"
17. It's meant selection in the All-Australian team FOUR TIMES. He's also led the country to victory in the International Rules tournament against Ireland.
18. Most players would be content with one premiership. In 2012, Goodes won a second and lifted the cup as co-captain.
19. But without doubt, it's off the field where his impact on Australian life has become iconic.
20. Becoming a role model to young men and women around the country.
21. Throwing his support behind indigenous charities to make sure the next generation is better off.
22. We haven't even got to his tremendous beard yet.
23. Flecked with salt and pepper, it might well be one of the best beards going around.
24. And beneath that shirt is ~gulp~ well goddamn.
25. Oh yeah.
26. Werk Goodesy. WERK.
27. *wipes tear from eye*
28. Biceps for days.
29. Sliding into your dreams.
30. He's also worn an iconic Aboriginal mouthguard because he's a proud Adnyamathanha man.
31. Goodes has called out Australia's disgusting racism. In May 2013, he pointed out a 13-year-old girl in the crowd who called him an "ape".
32. He said he was "gutted" by the insult. The girl later apologised and it kickstarted a debate about racism in Australia.
33. For all he has done for all Aussies, Goodes was named Australian of the Year in 2014.
34. He then spoke some hard truths that Australians needed to hear. "It takes courage to tell the truth, no matter how unpopular those truths may be. But it also takes courage to face up to our past," he wrote after seeing the documentary, "Utopia".
35. "That process starts with understanding our very dark past, a brutal history of dispossession, theft and slaughter." There was some vicious backlash amongst some part of the media and Goodes didn't back down.
36. He's never backed down and gone on to become a leading figure, with his cousin Micky O'Loughlin, in getting Aboriginal people recognised in the constitution.
37. Then there was that time his Mum designed a stunning jersey for the AFL's indigenous round.
38. And the whole thing could not have been cuter.
40. So when crowds continued to boo Goodes and there was another national debate, we all thanked our stars for the man.
41. Because he's a generation-defining athlete.
42. Whose on-field exploits are only matched by his amazing work off the field.
43. Telling Australians the hard truths about an ugly history we need to hear.
Mark Di Stefano is a political editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.
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