Nathan Buckley Shares Story About Travelling To Vietnam With His Veteran Father

In a candid chat with Mark Howard, Nathan Buckley opened up about his father’s service, and the impact it has had on him and his life. It’s an insightful look into what has made the former captain and coach, who he is today.


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In this mini re-release episode of The Howie Games, Howie hosts Brownlow medallist, Nathan Buckley, who offers a deep dive into the life and experiences of the former Australian rules football player and coach. This episode unravels the layers of Buckley’s journey, touching on early memories, family dynamics, and the emotional hurdles he faced throughout his career.

Bucks shares early memories of playing football, a passion that ignited at a young age. Influenced by his father’s active involvement in the sport, Buckley’s journey in the world of football is grounded in a deep-seated love for the game.

Buckley also opens up about his father’s service in Vietnam, and goes onto explore their trip back to Vietnam, providing a platform for candid conversations about his father’s experiences in the war and the profound impact it had on both their lives.

This episode delves into the importance of emotional maturity in Buckley’s upbringing and personal development. Reflecting on his own journey, Buckley emphasizes the role emotional resilience played in navigating the highs and lows of his football career.

Buckley also reveals a story about the knee accident that nearly ended it all. This incident becomes a testament to his resilience, highlighting the mental fortitude required to overcome adversities in the competitive world of sports.

This is a mini version of a longer chat Howie had with Bruce McAvaney back in 2017. In the full episode of The Howie Games with Bruce McAvaney, Bruce talks about how he works with other commentators, his health journey and his struggling with punting, you can listen to that full episode HERE.


Thanks for listening to Footy Talk this year! We’ll back in 2024, but stay tuned to hear more Howie Games mini episodes drop across the next month!