KFC SuperFooty TV: Michael Warner, Jack Watts and Scott Gullan on the big Round 13 issues

Former Melbourne star Jack Watts has lifted the lid on the impact of footy legend Neale Daniher.

The former Demons coach was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2013 and helped found Fight MND the next year.

This year he will take the fight to Sydney for the first time when the Melbourne-Collingwood Queen’s Birthday blockbuster is staged at the SCG — with the celebrity slide beamed in from an empty MCG.


The charity has set a goal to raise $2 million by halftime in its effort to beat “The Beast”.

Watts arrived at Melbourne the year after Daniher finished as coach, but he said the former Essendon forward was a constant presence around the club.

“He was still very involved,” Watts said on this week’s episode of KFC SuperFooty TV.

“We got to see him a lot, and obviously when he got diagnosed and the Big Freeze was happening he was in there every time for this game.”

Neale Daniher is a revered figure at Melbourne. Picture: Jay TownSource:News Corp Australia

Watts said he was blown away every year by Daniher’s perspective on life as he battled the disease with no cure.

“(His) whole focus is on helping other people,” he said.

“Every time I heard him it just snaps you out of your own s— that you might be thinking and how hard your life is.”

Watts and Herald Sun journalists Michael Warner and Scott Gullan previewed the huge Queen’s Birthday clash — Nathan Buckley’s last game as Collingwood coach — as well as taking a closer look at the Magpies, David Teague’s position at Carlton, why Tayla Harris deserves to be paid more, their tips for every Round 13 game and more!

Originally published asSecret to Neale Daniher’s motivational magic

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