Raw honesty another reason to respect JT
JOHNATHAN Thurston is one of the most respected people in Australia today.
Revered not only for his sporting prowess but also for his standing as man – an ambassador and advocate for indigenous health, education and employment.
But JT is also human and, like the rest of us, has made mistakes in life.
In his new autobiography, he writes about his time as a teenage delinquent – a petty thief who looked to be headed down a path of crime before his love of rugby league showed him an alternative route. It’s a period he is not proud of and one he could easily have airbrushed from the official record of what has become an illustrious career.
But it is typical of Thurston that he has chosen to talk about that chapter honestly, not because it benefits him but because it might help today’s lost youth.
It may not be footy, but JT shows them that by finding a focus and putting their attention and energy into something they love, there is a better way forward.