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Locky is one of the all-time great rugby league stars without question.
Locky is one of the all-time great rugby league stars without question.

Darren Lockyer, heartbreaker (especially if you're Blue)

As we head towards Australia Day and remember this country's legends, our friends at Bundaberg Rum give you the chance to put forward your memories of our sporting greats. Hit us up in the comments field below and tell us your favourite Darren Lockyer story.

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Darren Lockyer follows the tradition of Queensland being the breeding ground for the best ever rugby league players.

Locky is one of the all-time great rugby league stars without question, and he's not even the only great from his small country home town of Roma in southern Queensland - think Immortal Artie Beetson.

Even NSW fans have a soft spot for our Locky, despite the little champ breaking their hearts so often.

It seemed like Locky played forever. He hit the NRL footy field as an undersized but highly talented teen and spent the rest of his career showing us his amazing ability at every level - for the Broncos, Maroons and Kangaroos.

He even changed positions half-way through his career 'cause he got bored playing fullback and switched to five-eighth.

Darren Lockyer holds up the Origin Shield at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane,  July 6, 2011. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Charles Knight)
Darren Lockyer holds up the Origin Shield at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, July 6, 2011. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Charles Knight)

It will take far too long to list all Locky's achievements as he did everything you can do in rugby league - premierships, games records, Origin titles etc - so let's look at what he didn't do.

Locky wasn't like so many other footy stars.

He didn't build up big bulging muscles to improve his stature, and didn't get his face smashed up as much as the big boppers he protected over his 17-year career.

He couldn't keep his hair or his voice, thanks to having his larynx smashed in back in 2004. Surgery for that? No thanks says Locky, even to this day.

I mean he can only talk for 10 seconds at a time now before his voice runs out. But who cares. The little legend doesn't need to talk anyway. Queenslanders love Locky for his achievements and for just being an all-round top bloke, not for what he says.

If he ran for Premier he would stroll it in. He can still pull a crowd of autograph hunters wherever he goes.

Locky is a pretty private guy behind all his footy accolades and public persona.

But he is known as bit of a wacky funster when among his friends and family, regularly transforming into his dance loving alter-ego 'Darrell' Lockyer for bit of a laugh.

Like Wally Lewis, Locky has a bronze statue sitting outside the entrance of his second home - Lang Park. He hasn't racked up the same amount of selfies as the king yet, but Wally's statue has 20 years on his.

Locky even got his own piece of highway between Ipswich and Toowoomba named Darren Lockyer Way - surely an athlete's dream.

Locky is not a rugby league Immortal yet but will be soon enough. In the meantime, we will label him the next best thing - a Queensland and Aussie legend.

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