Tom's wise words heard by hundreds

ALTHOUGH he was small in stature, Tom Hafey was a giant in the football world.

If it's to be it's up to me was a key plank of Tom Hafey's message to the corporates and school students

A four-time premiership coach at Richmond Football Club, Hafey's record earned legendary status in VFL-AFL history.

He played 67 matches for the Tigers, but it was as a coach where Hafey would have a dramatic impact on Tigerland.

The wisdom of Hafey was not just heard in the inner sanctum at Tigerland and later Collingwood, Geelong and Sydney, but at hundreds of clubs across the country.

Well after his coaching days had finished, Tommy was in huge demand as a motivational speaker in the corporate world.

He played an important role visiting schools, to not just talk about football, but in planning for the future.

"If it's to be it's up to me," was a key plank of Hafey's message.

A fitness fanatic and tee-totaller, Hafey was a father figure and mentor to many of the players he coached throughout a 521-game career. 

The esteem Tom Hafey was held in football was shown by the messages via television, radio, twitter when news of his death was relayed across the country.

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