Todd Murphy and Andrew Ackerman reminisce

James 'Ackers' Ackerman was a tough, hard-hitting footballer who never let his mates down.

He was a fierce competitor, genuine bloke, loyal brother, caring son, and a devoted and loving husband and father.

James Ackerman in action for Sunshine Coast Falcons. Photo: QRL Media
James Ackerman in action for Sunshine Coast Falcons. Photo: QRL Media

The former Sunshine Coast Falcons and Redcliffe Dolphins star tragically passed away during a match at Bishop Park in 2015, and in 2016 the Falcons and Dolphins introduced the James Ackerman Cup in honour of his legacy.

Todd Murphy - or 'Uncle Toddy' as James' children Ollie and Milly affectionately call their daddy’s best mate - returned to Sunshine Coast Falcons this year and helped the Falcons claim the James Ackerman Cup for the first time

"Every game that I play, I take Ackers with me," Murphy, Falcons' vice captain this year, said. 

Todd Murphy in action during this year's James Ackerman Cup game. Photo: QRL Media
Todd Murphy in action during this year's James Ackerman Cup game. Photo: QRL Media

Ackers' brother Andrew Ackerman was there, as he always is, to honour his brother and watch close friend Murphy do the same. 

Todd Murphy, the Ackerman family - including Andrew Ackerman - with Redcliffe Dolphins captain Bryce Donovan and Falcons captain Dane Hogan. Photo: QRL Media
Todd Murphy, the Ackerman family - including Andrew Ackerman - with Redcliffe Dolphins captain Bryce Donovan and Falcons captain Dane Hogan. Photo: QRL Media

Both sat down with Ian Apps after the big game to reflect on James' life and what family and friends are doing to keep his legacy alive.

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