Martin Crowe remembered as a champion, a hero and a friend
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"I took too long to grow up, and now I’ve got that perspective on what my life should be about I’ve probably never been happier."
New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe, who passed away this week, was at peace after being diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2012.
"I really enjoyed his company. He was always full of life and wise cracking and just good company all round whether it be on a golf course or out socially having a few beers."
Former Australia captain Allan Border described Crowe as a 'great fella'.
"My champion, my hero, my friend. I will love you forever. RIP M.D.Crowe."
Rabbitohs co-owner and Crowe's cousin Russell Crowe sent out this heartfelt tweet.
"He took great delight in telling me, 'Richard, you never got me out in first-class cricket'. I never got his wicket."
Sir Richard Hadlee, New Zealand's greatest bowler, said Crowe had the rare ability to change a shot when he had been deceived by a bowler to preserve his wicket.
"I’ve got more speed than Oxford St."
Broncos centre James Roberts ruffled a few feathers with this post-game quote after they opened the NRL season with a win over Parramatta.
"As long as he’s not on the NRL’s Mardi Gras float. That’s not going to help his speed."
Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett joked about Roberts' line in the press conference, referring to the slow speed of a float, but the first half of the quote drew some complaints.
"If I was a captain of that club, I would have grabbed the senior players and said ‘right, we’ve got to look after our man, I don’t care if we headlock him, I don’t care if we put one on his chin, get him out of there’."
Shane Warne told Brendan Fevola that his former Carlton teammates should've looked after him at the Brownlow Medal night in 2009 that, soon after, saw the disgraced Blues star traded to Brisbane.
"At the time, I was hating every second of it and it was really difficult, but looking back now, I learned a lot about myself, learned a lot about the people that were close to me and now it's brought me here. In a strange way, I probably wouldn't change it now. I've grown as a person because of it."
Essendon top-up player Ryan Crowley, who was booed during his first game with the Bombers last weekend, said he struggled mentally during his drugs ban throughout the 2015 season.
"Cocaine ... was like an energy pill for me, a thing to straighten me up and keep me going."
Former Demons star Steven Febey said that his life descended into alcohol and drug addiction after surviving the 2002 Bali bombings.
"If (former teammates) David Neitz and Russell Robertson didn’t intervene, he’d be dead. He was going down that path. He was on a spiral of destruction."
David Schwarz, who played alongside Febey at Melbourne, expected the worst.
"For the Swans to relocate without any communication is not only disrespectful but unprofessional and inappropriate. The game is far more professional than that. We'll want answers and we want compensation."
Magpies CEO Gary Pert wasn’t happy to learn through the media that his side's season opener against Sydney had been moved from ANZ Stadium to the SCG.
"I'm sure they'll be fine. We've moved the game from Homebush to Moore Park, not to Newcastle. We've got perfectly good roads and I'm sure in 20 minutes or so they'll be there."
Swans president Andrew Pridham hardly alleviated the Magpies' anger.
"This is an unusual situation. I mean I didn't find out until I got off a plane [on Monday] and read the press release ... We can't be too obsessed with the headlines. It will be a fantastic build-up to a fantastic game."
Meanwhile, Sydney coach John Longmire just wants to get on with the game.
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