The beautiful moment Jackson Archer tells his legendary dad of his AFL debut… before mum steals the show
These debut videos never get old.
North Melbourne will unleash the son of a club legend this weekend, with Jackson Archer to make his debut against the Adelaide Crows.
And his emotional dad couldn’t have been more proud.
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Archer, whose father Glenn Archer won two flags with the Kangaroos across his 311-game career and was named the club’s ‘Shinboner of the Century’, has earned his AFL debut after nine games in the VFL, including a 12-disposal performance against the Giants a fortnight ago.
The 19-year-old, who was taken as a father-son selection in last year’s national draft, video called his dad to tell him the news as the latter was preparing to take some Under 12s training.
The video was captured and released by North Melbourne’s media team
Jackson Archer: I’m playing this weekend.
Glenn Archer: You’re kidding.
As the news set in, Glenn immediately welled up and took several moments to compose himself.
“Hang on, mate,” a teary Glenn said “Sorry had something stuck in my throat.
“That’s fantastic mate, well done. You bloody deserve it. You’ve worked really hard.
His dad’s reaction prompted tears from Jackson too.
“Bloody emotional family, yeah?” Jackson said.
But his mum’s reaction, which was also filmed by the Kangaroos, was pure gold.
Jackson asked his mum what she was up to on Sunday before dropping the news he would face the Crows.
At first she thought he was joking.
“You’re not? Your first game? Jackson don’t talk sh*t … Are you really?” she said.
Then the tears came.
“I’m so proud of you that’s so good,” she said.
“We better all book our flights.”
The Kangaroos on Sunday will be hoping to claim their first win since Round 2 when they face the Crows at Blundstone Arena.