James Kelly forged an outstanding career for the Cats playing 273 games for the club and was a triple premiership player.
He went on the pass the 300 AFL game milestone, playing an additional 40 games for the Bombers.
That success didn’t come without a few setbacks along the way.
Kelly spoke about one of them on this week’s podcast with host's Cameron Ling, Mathew Stokes and Scotty Gullan.
The incident took place 16 years ago in Perth, when Kelly collided with Eagle Brett Jones during their round 14 clash.
The freak accident resulted in a severely broken leg for then 20-year-old and Kelly spent the next week in Perth’s Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital.
While biding his time in his hospital bed in walked a former Geelong great to check in and see how he was.
“The best thing about that was Polly Farmer came to visit me,” Kelly said.
“Obviously being at Geelong for a couple of years I knew exactly who Polly Farmer was and I was in hospital watching TV one day and Polly Farmer walked through the door to say g’day.
“He said ‘James, I heard you were here and it’s nice to meet you’ and he sat down for a couple of hours and we just talked footy and he talked about his leg and knee and how he had to jump off one leg and not land and we talked all about his career.
“I didn’t care about having a broken leg at the time, I loved that.”
Thankfully that injury was the first and only serious one of Kelly’s AFL career.
Watch the full interview below.