Throughout the history of our great game, there have been so many incredible first nations players that it's almost impossible to rank them, so to make things easier, we're looking only at players from the AFL era.

Unfortunately, this rules out some heavy hitters, Sir Doug Nicholls being one, an incredible athlete who symbolised reconciliation and was knighted for his many exploits. The same goes for the great Syd Jackson, who won two flags with the Blues in the 70's.

Sadly, this also rules out Geelong legend Polly Farmer, who revolutionised the way Ruckman play today and also goes for the Krakouer brothers, Phil and Jim, who some say had a telepathic link that they used to dominate opposition teams and win games single-handedly.

Finally, Maurice Rioli also misses out, despite being one of the best players of his era and inspiring a generation of Indigenous players to make it to the AFL.

So with all this in mind, here's our top 10 players from the AFL era:

8. Peter Matera

It's hard to say that a player as decorated as Peter Matera is underrated but it's probably accurate. Perhaps a victim of playing his entire career in Western Australia with the Eagles, Matera is one of the best to ever play AFL football.

A five-time All-Australian who won two premierships and a Norm Smith Medal, he was the premier wingman in the competition, able to run opponents into the ground while amassing plenty of the footy.

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He was a player capable of doing serious damage, kicking 217 goals across his 253 game career as a midfielder, truly one of the greats.