The 16th Adelaide Crow to play 200 games, David Mackay forged a career as an explosive and agile utility who retired after 15 years at the top level.
Growing up in suburban Melbourne, Mackay played local footy for Beverley Hills, for his school, Trinity Grammar and for the Oakleigh Chargers in the TAC Cup before being selected by the Adelaide Crows with pick 48 in the 2006 AFL Draft.
Debuting in his first season at the club, Mackay was awarded the Mark Bickley Award for the Best First Year Player and steadily developed into one of the most consistent players in the competition.
Highly regarded for his professionalism in all aspects of his football, Mackay has only missed a handful of games across his entire career and was awarded the Dr Brian Sando OAM Trophy in 2016 – an award that recognises the elite standards of an individual in their preparation as an AFL footballer.
Mackay was also awarded life membership of the Adelaide Crows in 2016 and after years of competing in finals, played in first Grand Final in 2017.
In 2018, he reached his 200th game milestone and in 2021 he moved into the top 10 of Adelaide Crows all time games played.
Retiring in 2021, Mackay spent the final years of his career sharing his years of experience with young students and players, and mentoring his young teammates on how to approach life as a professional athlete.
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