The Brad Fittler Story

Brad Fittler & Richard Sleeman


Brad ‘Freddy’ Fittler is one of the all-time greats of rugby league. During his career, Brad played for Australia on 34 occasions. Throughout the 1990s he was an inspiration for the NSW Blues in the fierce State of Origin clashes; he remains the most capped NSW player in Origin history. And, always a great club man, he has more than 300 games to his credit for Penrith and Eastern Suburbs. In 2002 he captained his beloved Roosters in their Grand Final victory.

But this is more than the story of a great football player. It is the tale of an epic journey from very modest beginnings in Sydney’s western suburbs to the rich, fulfilled life Brad leads today. In Freddy, Brad Fittler reveals much about his life that he has never discussed before: the times of great difficulty and financial struggle; his relationships with his family; his own occasionally misspent youth, and also what his success means to him. He lays bare his devotion to his partner andn their daughter, and to his mother, siblings and the rugby league greats who have helped him along the way.

Freddy is a portrait of an outstanding sportsman, a good mate to many, a father, partner, son and brother; of a complex man whose life is full of simple joys; of a footballer who is now trying to define his life beyond the game.

In Freddy the legend of Brad Fittler not only lives on, it grows tenfold.