In his gritty and inspirational memoir, Jack Riewoldt reveals all about his remarkable AFL career and his personal journey of growth off the field.
Jack grew up in picturesque Tasmania, playing sport with his family and admiring his older cousin Nick. When Nick was drafted in the AFL, Jack’s focus shifted to footy, and that competitive drive helped Jack become one of Richmond’s most beloved and prolific players.
The Bright Side dives into every important win, including Richmond’s recent premierships, as well as the losses that helped Jack learn and build resilience. Jack’s positive attitude has helped him overcome a brush with cancer, the loss of his much-loved cousin Maddie – sister of Nick Riewoldt, with whom Jack remains a spokesman for the charity in her name – and the misunderstanding that has dogged much of his career.
In The Bright Side, Jack finally corrects some of the misperceptions. From mischievous youngster to revered leader of the game, it’s family and community that has pulled Jack through, and allowed him to become an AFL legend.
Jack Riewoldt is a celebrated AFL player. The Richmond Tigers forward is a triple-premiership player, triple-Coleman Medallist, has been selected three times for the All-Australian Team, and twice won Richmond’s Best and Fairest, among other awards. In his home state of Tasmania, he’s a Football Hall of Famer. A revered leader and loved by Tiger fans, the veteran played 16 seasons with Richmond, kicked 787 goals (ranking him third in club history), and sits second behind Kevin Bartlett for most games played for Richmond: 347. Jack lives with his wife Carly and three children in Melbourne.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia (November 1, 2023)