Kerrod Walters to 'play ball' with Glenn Lazarus
QUEENSLAND Rugby League legend, Kerrod Walters has joined fellow Brisbane Broncos legend Glenn Lazarus to stand for the Senate.
"Everyone wants to be part of the Glenn Lazarus Team and play with our balls...even Jacqui (Lambie),'' Senator Lazarus posted on his Facebook page.
In a more serious statement he said: "I played with Kerrod for many years in some of the country's most successful rugby league teams and it is a great honour to be back on the paddock, the political paddock with my dear friend and former team mate Kerrod.
"Kerrod, like me, is passionate about Queensland and wants to ensure our state has a bigger voice in the Federal Parliament.
"While our state remains in drought, farmers are being decimated by CSG mining, unemployment is worsening, our health care system is falling apart and the cost of living is on the rise, there is much to do to help the people of Queensland."
"I am looking forward to representing my state of Queensland," Kerrod Walters said today.
"I grew up in a working class family of five boys, have worked hard to achieve my dream of playing for my state and my country, and have experienced the lows when the footy dream comes to an end.
"I understand the challenges that Queenslanders face every day trying to figure out how to make ends meet, pay the mortgage and put food on the table.
"Glenn understands this too and that's why I am looking forward to working with him to grow the team and ensure Queensland has a bigger voice in Canberra."
Kerrod Walters was born alongside twin brother Kevin, now coach of the Queensland State of Origin team, in Rockhampton and later moved with his family to Ipswich, where he grew up.
With the assistance of a sporting scholarship Kerrod attended Ipswich Grammar School, where he later became a prefect with twin Kevin. After completing his studies in 1984, Kerrod became an electrical apprentice with Queensland Rail.
Whilst completing his apprenticeship Kerrod began his rugby league career playing with the Ipswich Jets, before being signed with the Brisbane Broncos in their inaugural year. Walters completed his apprenticeship in 1989 and in the same year was selected for the Queensland State of Origin team and the Australian Kangaroos.
Kerrod played 250 games with the NRL, represented Queensland six times and represented Australia with the Kangaroos eight times.
In his time at the Brisbane Broncos Kerrod helped the team to two premierships, was named Player of the Year in 1992 and was inducted into the Broncos Hall of Fame.
At the conclusion of the 2000 football season, Kerrod retired from the game but still played an important part of the Brisbane Broncos team in a Junior Development role.
Kerrod is married to Desley and has a son Brooke and two step sons Brodie and Josh. Kerrod lives in Caloundra and after many years in real estate now operates a commercial cleaning business.