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Ex-AFL star Alex Rance reveals his mixed encounters door-knocking for his Jehovah's Witness faith


Ex-AFL star Alex Rance reveals his mixed encounters door-knocking for his Jehovah’s Witness faith

AFL star Alex Rance, 32, has reflected on his time door-knocking in Melbourne as part of his Jehovah’s Witness faith. 

Speaking on The Howie Games podcast this week, Alex revealed he went door-to-door pre-Covid with often mixed reactions. 

‘I got a couple of ”My membership is paid up, I don’t know what you are here for” and ”I am in a bit of shock.”’ Alex said on the podcast. 

Alex Rance, 32, reflected on 'door-knocking' as part of his Jehovah's Witness faith with The Howie Games podcast

Alex Rance, 32, reflected on ‘door-knocking’ as part of his Jehovah’s Witness faith with The Howie Games podcast

He continued: ‘But it was good to also put a chill face around what I was there to talk about.’

Alex, who quit AFL in 2019, added it was good to make a connection with people given that religion is so ‘taboo’ in Australia. 

‘Everyone thinks religion is quite a taboo subject to talk about when really it should be ”what do you think happens to us when we die?” and ”How did we get here?”

“Why are those questions so taboo and how can we get to a point of making it a bit more acceptable to talk about that?

'I got a couple of ''My membership is paid up, I don't know what you are here for,' and ''I am in a bit of shock.''' Alex said on the podcast

‘I got a couple of ”My membership is paid up, I don’t know what you are here for,’ and ”I am in a bit of shock.”’ Alex said on the podcast

Alex did admit the ‘guard’ did come-up after he mentioned he was there to talk about religion with many people brushing it aside.

Rance, a devout Jehovah’s Witness, announced he was retiring from the sport’s top level in December 2019 to focus on his family and faith.

Just eight days later, it emerged he had split from his wife of seven years Georgia, according to multiple reports.    

Alex left the sport at the peak of his career, when he was widely considered to be the game’s best defender.

Alex shocked the sporting world when he announced his sudden departure from the AFL at the peak of his career (pictured with former partner Georgia)

Alex shocked the sporting world when he announced his sudden departure from the AFL at the peak of his career (pictured with former partner Georgia)

Rumours at the time swirled about the end of his marriage and that his devout faith as a Jehovah’s Witness was involved in his decision to give up footy because the religion’s elders generally frown upon the sport’s competitive nature and physical contact.

He sold the family home in Brighton in Melbourne’s upmarket south-east in September 2019 just three months before the news broke.  

The five-time All-Australian made his debut in the AFL back in 2009 and won the flag with Richmond in 2017.

It was also once rumoured he would star on Ten’s flagship dating series, The Bachelor, before Locky Gilbert was announced.  

The five-time All-Australian made his debut in the AFL back in 2009 and went on to win a premiership with Richmond in 2017

The five-time All-Australian made his debut in the AFL back in 2009 and went on to win a premiership with Richmond in 2017

He had long spoken of his battle to reconcile the conflicting values of a Jehovah’s Witness and the elite sport he played for a living.

In 2018, he admitted he almost quit the sport at the age of 25, five years before walking away from a $2million contract with the Tigers.

‘I just wanted to spend more time with my family, do more associated with my faith. I felt like being in the spotlight would draw attention to me,’ he told 20Four’s Stack Report at the time.

Rance won Richmond's best and fairest in 2015 and was a crucial part of their drought breaking 2017 Grand Final win - the Tigers' first premiership in 37 years

Rance won Richmond’s best and fairest in 2015 and was a crucial part of their drought breaking 2017 Grand Final win – the Tigers’ first premiership in 37 years 

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