Greg ‘Diesel’ Williams is a former Australian rules footballer. He is a dual Brownlow Medal winner who played for Geelong, the Sydney Swans, and Carlton for a total 250 games in the AFL. He scored 217 goals during his decorated career.
Greg Williams’ Brownlow Medals came in 1986 and 1994, playing for Sydney and Carlton respectively. He was a two-time All-Australian (1993, 1994) including as Captain in the latter year, and two-time AFLPA MVP (1985, 1994). He won an AFL Premiership with Carlton in 1995, awarded the Norm Smith Medal for best-on-ground in the Grand Final, kicking five goals. Greg Williams became the first player to win a Brownlow Medal, a Premiership Medallion, and Norm Smith Medal across his career.
Greg Williams was announced in the AFL Team of the Century in 1996, and was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2001. He was also included into the Team of the Century for two Clubs he represented – Sydney (2009) and Carlton (1999).
He played for Victoria nine times, including as Captain in 1989. Greg Williams was a prolific winner of ball contests. He was a skillful player, known for his deadly accurate handpassing. His highlights reels are still used as a benchmark even in the modern game. Greg Williams retired from Football in 1997.
Greg Williams now works in the media and mentors young AFL talent. He was influential in 2018 Brownlow Medallist Tom Mitchell’s transformation from a good player at the Swans into the League’s best at Hawthorn.