Sheahan was the most successful and influential Australian football journalist for several decades. He was chief football writer for more than 20 years at The Herald, Sunday Age and Herald Sun, and extended his reach through radio on ABC and 3AW, and television with the Seven, Nine and Fox Sports networks, as well as with two books. On the strength of his innovative Top 50 AFL player rankings, the AFL commissioned him in 2008 to compile a list of the game’s Greatest 50 of all time to help celebrate its 150th anniversary, and in the same year announced the naming of the new AFL Media Centre in his honour.
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Receiving award at 2014 Hall of Fame dinner