Today's Birthday 13/9

Callum Godde
Garry Lyon is considered one of the preeminent voices in AFL commentary

Today's Birthday, September 13: AFL media personality and former footballer Garry Lyon (1983 - ).

Garry Lyon returned to the AFL media landscape last season after a deeply personal scandal hit the headlines.

The former Melbourne great stepped away from his high-profile television, radio and print commitments in 2016 citing mental health reasons, as his relationship with the ex-wife of colleague Billy Brownless came to light.

The revelation and fallout led to the breakdown of their friendship and Lyon relinquished his positions with Nine's AFL Footy Show and Triple M, which still employ Brownless.

Lyon's re-entry into the industry came aboard rival Melbourne radio station SEN, where he worked as a special comments caller and morning breakfast show co-host in 2017.

The 51-year-old was also welcomed back on Nine's weekly AFL show Footy Classified before he was recruited to Fox Footy for this season.

Never short of an opinion, Lyon is considered one of the pre-eminent voices of the sport and his commentary is set to feature on a new AFL video game next year.

Lyon was born in Devonport, Tasmania in 1967 while his father Peter - a former Hawthorn player in the 1960s - coached the Devonport Football Club.

He returned to country Victoria as an infant and grew up in Kyabram before the Demons recruited the gifted junior footballer at age 16.

It wasn't long before Lyon made his VFL debut in 1986, the first of 226 games.

The forward went on to have an enviable AFL-VFL career, captaining the club from 1991 to 1997.

The Victoria State of Origin representative was club best and fairest and leading goal-kicker twice. He finished his career with 426 goals, earning him a spot in Demons' team of the century.

But premiership glory alluded him, coming closest as part of Melbourne's 96-point loss to Hawthorn in the 1988 VFL grand final.

When injury cut short his decorated career in 1999, Lyon already had years of media experience.

He has since worked in AFL-related roles at 3AW, SEN, Triple M, Nine, AFL Media and Fox Footy over the past two decades.

Lyon also coached the Australian International Rules team from 2001 to 2004.

He's no slouch with the pen in hand, either, having featured as an AFL columnist for The Age and co-writing fictional children's book series Specky Magee.