NRL great Gavin Miller recalls being first player picked for Tina Turner ad as his body fails him
The highs of rugby league excellence are often counter balanced by the lows and former Kangaroo and NRL legend Gavin Miller knows that all too well.
Miller, 63, in his heyday captained the Cronulla Sharks, played State Of Origin football for NSW and represented Australia in rugby league, scoring two tries.
He was a star during the 80s and 90s winning two Dally M Player of the Year awards and was the very first man chosen to appear with the late, great Tina Turner in the ads which took the game to stunning heights.
However today the toll of first grade footy in the brutal days of the 1970s and 80s have come home to roost, with Miller now in need of hip and knee replacements as his body fails him.
At his prime, Miller, uniquely to this day, became the only rugby league player in history to win a Dally M and a Man Of Steel, along with a Rothmans Medal and a Rugby League Week Player of the Year award.
He played 178 games for Cronulla becoming one of the club's five "Immortals" [separate from the NRL's Immortals], represented Australia three times, played five State Of Origin matches and 102 matches for Hull Kingston Rovers in England.