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This is the story of a champion Australian Rules footballer and coach, Ron Barassi.

Barassis premiership footballer father wore number 31 in the 1940 VFL Grand Final and was later killed as a soldier in Tobruk.

He left a small boy who dreamed of one day being just like his father.

That same boy was developed into a champion by a loving, but no-nonsense mother and a formidable foster father, Norm Smith.

This is the story of the boy who becomes the legend, and who shapes the mighty game we know as Australian Rules Footballour indigenous game, the game that demands courage, skill, determination, innovation, selflessness, and the bit of 31 that is in us all.

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