Eddie McGuire’s son Joe takes a huge step in his quest to be a footy star – but he’s NOT playing Aussie Rules
Ex-Magpies boss’s son could play in front of 100,000 fans Joe has already proved himself to be a very handy cricketer Won congratulations after taking big step in career last month
Eddie McGuire’s son Joe could soon be kicking a ball in front of 100,000 diehard football fans – but he won’t be playing the sport that helped make his dad a household name.
Instead of Aussie Rules, the talented sportsman has won a spot as a punter with Ohio State University – one of the leading college gridiron teams in America with eight national championships to their name.
Known as the Buckeyes, the side plays out of Ohio Stadium, which beats the MCG for size with room to host close to 103,000 fans.
Listed as 188cm and 106kg by the team, McGuire was brought on board in July to be the back-up to fellow Australian Jesse Mirco and is next in line to play when the Buckeyes take on Youngstown State this Saturday.
Joe McGuire (pictured with dad Eddie in 2019) could soon find himself playing football in front of more than 100,000 fans
McGuire (pictured) has been picked up as a punter by the Ohio State Buckeyes, one of the leading teams in American college football
News that he’d made the side was greeted with warm congratulations from Prokick Australia, which helps Aussies break into the NFL and college football with a highly successful program that’s been running since 2007.
Joe – who has previously been sighted on the red carpet with his famous dad, mum Carla and brother Alexander – was often photographed in Collingwood’s strip as he attended games with Eddie as a little boy.
Since then he’s proved himself to be very handy at another of Australia’s favourite sports.
In February last year he made headlines in Melbourne after taking a hat-trick with his final three deliveries as he played for the Heatherhill Cricket Club, finishing with figures of five wickets for just 10 runs.
In a sign of his interest in gridiron, McGuire told the team he wouldn’t be available for the following weekend’s match because he was off to California to watch the Super Bowl.
McGuire was brought into the team by AFL legend Dermott Brereton, who joked about him leaving his privileged surroundings to play at the team’s home base in the notorious Melbourne suburb of Frankston.
‘Young Joe is the first Heatherill cricketer to ever arrive at the match catching an Uber from Toorak to Baxter No.7. We thought Ed might send the helicopter, but no, he’s got an Uber,’ Brereton said, before branding McGuire a ‘bloody good bowler’.
Despite being around the AFL with his famous father since a very young age (pictured), Joe has taken his kicking skills far away from Collingwood
McGuire also proved himself a very handy cricketer when he took a hat-trick after being recruited by footy legend Dermott Brereton
‘He was ready to run into bowl and somebody out on Sages Road decided to take off out of a street fairly quickly, got into a bit of sideways action and an almighty skid noise ensued — and young Joe said, “What’s that?”.
‘I said, “Sorry, mate, you won’t be used to those sounds around Georges Road, Toorak”.
‘But he loves it, he had a ball with the guys and they really took to him because he’s such a lovely young man.
‘I can’t speak highly enough of him and he bowled pretty well to without claiming a scalp.’
If Prokick’s success with other Aussies is any guide, McGuire is a good chance of making a fist of his career in the States.
The organisation boasts it’s helped 190 athletes get highly prized full scholarships to US colleges, with six of its graduates winning the Ray Guy Award for college punter of the year and 15 of their kickers scoring contracts in either the NFL or Canada’s CFL.