Origin of the Legends Game
In the era of State of Origin football EJ Whitten was well known for his great passion for interstate footy rivalry and Victorian Football achievements. His Legacy lives on with the birth of the Legends Game in 1996.
Following the death of EJ Whitten, who is regarded as one of the finest ever players of Australian rules, from Prostate Cancer in 1995, his son Ted Whitten Jnr organised an interstate charity match between teams of retired players, to raise money for research into the disease. The first E. J. Whitten Legends Game was played at Whitten Oval in 1996, and has become an annual event. The game has grown in popularity and is now played at Etihad Stadium to a crowd of 20,000 and televised live.
Today it is called the Ray White EJ Whitten Legends Game and honours EJ’s memory with a modern take on State Of Origin football that EJ deeply loved and promoted.
EJ was well known as a showman who loved people and liked to entertain. He would be proud to see the game live on in his memory providing so much enjoyment to both young and old, supporting Prostate Cancer Awareness and Research to save men’s lives.