Former NRL player Cody Nelson is not a household name. He never reached great heights on the field, and will be remembered more for gambling on NRL games and earning a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.
Nelson received a two-match suspension from the NRL in 2014 after being found guilty of placing bets on NRL games. He was one of a number of players to be found guilty of the offence in the same period.
The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern-day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015 and AFL player Elijah Taylor is the most recent recipient.
The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame honours former players and players who received media attention in previous seasons, for similarly scandalous behaviour, and its inductees include Ben Cousins and Julian O’Neill.
Nelson rubbed shoulers with some of the greats of the game during his playing career, and he will be reunited with some of the biggest names in football when he attends the awards night for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year.