MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 8: Glenn Archer #11 (C) and Brent Harvey #29 (R) for the Kangaroos wrestle with Daniel Chick #17 for the Eagles during the AFL Round 15 match between the Kangaroos and West Coast Eagles at the Telstra Dome July 8, 2005 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Sean Garnsworthy/Getty Images)

When you think of footy in the 1980s and 1990s, you think of dust ups, players throwing their bodies over the ball and constant physical contests.

So who are the toughest players from the 80s and 90s?

Speaking on SEN Breakfast, former AFL greats Garry Lyon and Tim Watson have named six players each from each era who they deem to be the toughest.

Lyon was charged with naming the toughest players from the 90s, and he went with Gavin Brown (Collingwood), Glenn Archer, (North Melbourne), Paul Kelly (Sydney) Duncan Kellaway, (Richmond) Michael Voss, (Brisbane) and Stephen Silvagni (Carlton).

The ex-Demon’s criteria focused on players who were fierce in the contest and always had eyes for the ball, as opposed to those who simply tried to beat up on the opposition.

“Mine’s not about punching blokes in the head or knocking them out,” Lyon told SEN Breakfast. 

“Eyes on the footy, not flinching when you know you are in imminent danger, that’s my definition.”

Watson named his six toughest from the 80s – Bernard Toohey (Geelong/Sydney/Footscray), John Worsfold (West Coast), Gary Ayres (Hawthorn)
Gary Ablett Snr (Hawthorn/Geelong), Mark Harvey (Essendon) and Ken Hunter (Carlton).

The former Essendon skipper judged toughness as: “Never showing any fear on the footy field is toughness, and harnessing the fear.”

Do you agree with their lists?