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Boyd can walk away with his head held high

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That famous moment in the 2016 grand final.Credit:Darrian Traynor/AFL Media

Tom Boyd swooped on a loose ball late in the 2016 grand final and launched a drop punt that bounced towards goal and destiny. In Dennis Cometti’s famous words, a stadium held its breath.

Tom Boyd’s career reads a bit like a script from an old Batman cartoon. Bam! Pow! Smash! Everything about Tom seemed big. Standing up straight at six foot seven (200 centimetres), Tom makes a big physical impression when you first meet him, but his size was more layered than that.

Tom was a prodigy. A tall, good-looking kid from the eastern suburbs who by his own admission enjoyed a happy home and a charmed childhood.

Life came relatively easy for him. He was a winner, and he was destined for big things in whichever field he chose. He chose football – but you could argue that football chose him. He was taken by the Greater Western Sydney Giants in the 2013 draft with the No. 1 pick.

POW! Just a year later he left the Giants in extraordinary circumstances and landed at the Bulldogs who, at the time, were in crisis. Having played just nine games in his debut season, he signed a long-term, multi-million-dollar deal.

Premiership Bulldog Tom Boyd.Credit:Graham........

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