Throughout the final years of the 1990s, AFL clubs across the land looked backward rather than forward, with selectors, historians and superstars converging to name their Teams of the 20th Century.

So, as we near the quarter-time mark of the 21st century, what better time to run the rule on which players are likely to feature when the selectors of tomorrow get together in several decades' time?

While every club has an array of deadset legends that can be called on, we here at Zero Hanger have employed the following rules of selection:

  • Only statistics recorded and achievements accrued since the start of the 2000 AFL season will be acknowledged.
  • All statistics and awards must have been accrued while playing for the club in question.
  • Any player selected must have played at least 100 senior games for their respective club since the start of the 2000 AFL season.

Next up, we head out to Waverley to hunt down which Hawks have made the cut.



10. Jordan Lewis (2005-2016) 

1 x best and fairest (2014)
1 x All-Australian (2014)
4 x premiership player (2008, 2013, 2014 and 2015)
264 games, 23.8 disposals per game, 69 Brownlow votes, 0.3 votes per game

Brought through the doors at Glenferrie alongside Messers Franklin and Roughhead, Lewis would eventually depart the club a dozen years later as both a decorated and deadly midfielder.

While never the jewel in the Hawks' crown, Lewis instead acted as a key cog in the machine, one that would claim four flags in eight seasons.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 13: Jordan Lewis of the Hawks handballs away from Andrew Swallow of the Kangaroos during the round 21 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 13, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)