Stephen Silvagni is considered the greatest fullback to have ever played the game of Australian rules football. He played his 16 year career for the Carlton football club and he is the second of three generations to don the navy blue jersey. He is widely known by his nickname, “SOS” (pronounced “Soss”), standing for “Son of Serge”, referring to his father, Sergio Silvagni, who was another great Carlton player.
Full forwards often get all the accolades and praised by kicking goals and most of the greatest players of the game were full forwards. Often forgotten is the Backman who needs to stop these powerhouse players. Silvagni was one of the select players who shut down every player he played against including the great like Garry Ablett Snr,
The strength of Silvagni’s defensive skills have been like no other in the game and was named as full-back in the AFL Team of the Century and is an inductee in the Australian Football Hall of Fame.
After retiring from football, Silvagni has worked as an assistant coach and list manager at several AFL clubs. He is currently the list manager at Carlton Football Club.
1985 – 2001 Carlton
- Carlton Best and Fairest: 1990, 1996
- Carlton Life Member: 1992
- Carlton Vice-Captain: 1998–2001
- Carlton Hall of Fame: inducted 1996
- Carlton Premiership Team: 1987, 1995
- Carlton Hall of Fame Legend: inducted 1997
- All-Australian: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999
- Australian Football Hall of Fame: inducted 2005
- AFL Team of the Century (fullback)
- Mark of the Year: 1988
- AFL Life Member: 1999
- International Rules 1998, 1999
- Carlton Team of the Century (fullback)
- Jim Stynes Medal 1998
- VFL/AFL Italian Team of the Century (fullback)