Wally Lewis, the greatest rugby player of all time has showcased us an impeccable journey from Australian national captain to coach and sports commentator. In three decades of career span, from the early seventies to the mid-nineties, he participated in 31 State of Origin games and 33 international matches for Queensland and Australia respectively. Among the thirty-one State of Origin games, he became the skipper of the team thirty times, where he bagged a record of 8 ‘man of the Match’ awards.
Thus, he is taken on by the honor of the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame. Further, he has walked away home with the Australian Sports Medal. Besides the huge achievement, let’s talk about Wally Lewis’s wife contributing in making the ‘Lewis’ family complete. How did his three children watch him grow from the rugby footballer to caring father at home? And how a decade of rugby contribution made his salary and net worth, a worth-watching deal?
Salary and net worth
He was a magnificent and enthusiastic player. The rugby league clubs like Fortitude Valley, Wakefield Trinity, Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane Broncos, and Gold Coast are aware of Lewis’s unbelievable kicks and ball passing abilities. Initially, he lost his chances as a five-eight position during the Kangaroo tour; however, he resumed his game as the captain from 1984 to 1989. History has witnessed his 25–meter bullet throws for Mal Meninga in 1982 and magnificent kick in the 1984 Origin series.
Following the contract termination with the Gold Coast, he retired from rugby league football in 1992. Consequently, a bronze statue of Lewis was constructed at Lang Park; at the same time he was labelled ‘The King ’and ‘The Emperor of Lang Park’. He went hand in hand with coaching and commentary gigs for Nine Network too. Moreover, he became the leader of commercials such as XXXX beer and Burger King. As a whole, he is a recipient of a remunerative salary. Similarly, he enjoys millions of net worth secured from his decade-long sportsmanship.
The strong ‘Lewis’ family
In 1984, he married his wife, Jacqueline, who wasn’t familiar with his battle with depression and suicidal thoughts. Yes! She didn’t know of his brain surgery, which prevailed in 2007. He underwent surgery to administer his daily prevalence with seizures. Only his close mates, Gene Miles, Paul Vautin, Wayne Bennett, and Allan Langer knew the secret.
Once, he thought of killing himself, while his wife Jacqueline went for errands. Following brain surgery, he was depressed most of the time, for no reason. So, he turned towards his wife and three children (Mitchell, Lincoln, and a Jamie-Lee) to free himself from the suicidal thoughts. As a result, it worked, Lewis got away with negativity with the haste of time.
Lewis is a proud father of his three kids, who have framed their careers on television and sports equally. For instance, his son, Lincoln, has appeared on the soap opera, Home and Away. He’s another big guy, Mitchell is Nova FM radio station’s presenter and the Ash, Kip, Luttsy & Susie breakfast show’s assistant producer. Similarly, his daughter, Janie-Lee, is the pioneer deaf person in the world, representing Australia’s national hearing team in water polo sports.
How old is Wally Lewis?
He recently celebrated his birthday on the first of December. 61-years old he was born in 1959 with the real full name, Wally Walter Lewis in Hawthorne, Queensland Australia. The rugby was in his genes since his birth. Well, his father, Jimmy Lewis is a former wing/full-back for Brisbane clubs. His mother, June Lewis isn’t different too; she is a former netball player who represented Queensland. Thus, he followed the footprints of his family and joined junior Queensland school teams. Whenever he used to get concussions, his mother, June always watched him on the bed till he fell asleep.
During Brisbane State High School days, he played as a center with the Australian schoolboys’ team in Europe and Japan. Six foot over, Wally Lewis was a strong footy player for Kangaroos alongside Michael O’Connor. He has a brother, Scott Lewis, with whom he appeared on an episode of ‘Hell’s Kitchen Australia’.