‘What a moment’: AFL world loses it over Cats’ ‘amazing’ GF act

Selwood & Ablett melt hearts before GF | 00:58
Ben Cotton from Fox Sports@ben_cotton15

The footy world was treated to a special tribute to Gary Ablett Jr on grand final day, with the legendary Cat’s son Levi running out with skipper Joel Selwood and the rest of the players.

Ablett Jr was waiting at the top of the race with his three-year old son, who was wearing Selwood’s No. 14 on the back of his Geelong jumper, as the Cats players emerged, handing him over to Selwood in a heartwarming moment.

It came ahead of Saturday’s decider against Sydney in front out of a full house at the MCG.

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The AFL world responded on social media appropriately to the brilliant act.

Selwood on SEN on Friday first revealed Geelong’s special guest for Saturday’s grand final.

Levi was diagnosed with a rare degenerative illness at birth that Ablett Jr and partner Jordan have previously described as having a “very short life expectancy.”

“I’ll let you in on a little secret, his son’s going to run out with me tomorrow which is pretty special,” Selwood said SEN WA’s Gilly & Goss for Breakfast.

“I think it’s only fair that an Ablett is performing on Grand Final day and it’s Gaz’s turn to cheer on his little son. That’ll be pretty special for the Ablett family but also the Geelong faithful.”

A proud dad moment with Ablett Jr and his son Levi (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)Source: Fox Sports

It comes after Ablett Jr and Levi took the field together at Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium last month.

Levi’s dad and grandfather are no strangers to the AFL’s marquee match, combining to play in eight grand finals from 1989 to 2020.

Ablett Jr is set to make a more official return to the footy field in November for NTFL side Palmerston Football Club.

His legendary AFL career spanned across 357 games for the Cats and Suns including winning two premierships, two Brownlow medals, five Leigh Matthews trophies, eight All-Australians and six best and fairests.