Written off early as 'too short, too fat and too slow' to make the AFL, Sam's sharp football brain, keen instincts and relentless drive would make him a champion. He debuted for Hawthorn in 2002 and, by 2008, had captained the club to its first flag in 17 years. Three consecutive premierships followed for the Hawks in 2013-15, with Sam forming the lynchpin of the 'Team of the Century'.
But on - and off - the field, Sam always kept people guessing. His candid autobiography answers the riddle of his unique enigma and takes us behind all the big moments of blood, sweat, tears and glory from a career that etched Sam's name into Australian Rules history as 'a player like no other'.
RELENTLESS is an extraordinary book - as honest, original and entertaining as Sam Mitchell himself.
Sam Mitchell exploded onto the AFL scene in 2002 when drafted to Hawthorn from the Box Hill Hawks. He went on to play 307 games for Hawthorn and kick 67 goals, and captained them to the 2008 premiership, the club's first in 17 years.
Along with winning three more flags with the Hawks in 2013, 2014 and 2015, Sam represented Victoria in 2008 and was selected for the All-Australian team in 2011, 2013 and 2015. He was named joint winner of the 2012 Brownlow Medal in 2016. Sam played his final AFL season in 2017 for the West Coast Eagles, where he is now an assistant coach.