Karl Stefanovic has offered some cheeky advice for AFL star Patrick Cripps, who looked a bit battered during an early morning live TV interview.
The Carlton skipper admitted he enjoyed a long night out celebrating being named the 2022 Brownlow medalist on Sunday night.
A visibly tired Cripps seemed to be struggling to keep his eyes peeled as he addressed the great honor on the Today Show early Monday morning.
Stefanovic couldn’t resist the opportunity to call out the dusty Cripps.
“I just wanted to say to Crippsy, well done my friend. We’ve been following you guys really well this year. They had a great year,” said Stefanovic.
“One piece of advice I’ll give you if you’re staying at Crown’s and are going to an awards ceremony that night. Just make sure you don’t keep your eyes on the mansion when you come down to make the cross.”
Cripps smiled at the advice as Stefanovic and co-host Allison Langdon burst out laughing.
“My eyes, once I’ve had two beers, I’m done,” he said. “You can probably tell I definitely kept my eyes on the counter last night.”
Sports presenter Alex Cullen had recently asked Cripps if he managed to get enough sleep between Sunday night and Monday morning.
“If you look me in the eye, you don’t see much,” Cripps replied. “I’m crying out for some sleep right now.
“No, you have to do it. It’s worth it if you win the brownlow. I have to keep hitting for the next few hours, then I’ll hit the pillow pretty quickly.
The Carlton captain said it was a great honor to be named the 2022 Brownlow Medalist.
Cripps almost didn’t qualify for the AFL’s Best and Fairest award after he was suspended for two games over an incident that left Lions Utility Callum Ah Chee concussed in round 21 at the Gabba.
The star midfielder failed to get his ban for rough conduct lifted at the AFL tribunal, but was luckier when he faced the appeals committee two days later.
During a marathon hearing that lasted almost into Friday morning, the 27-year-old was released to play in the Blues’ crunch clash against Melbourne.
“I always prepared myself so that I would play no matter what the situation,” Cripps said on Sunday.
“Just prepare like you’re going to play and if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen, but if it does, go out there and perform.
I’m a big one when you cross that white line, put yourself out there and you’re ready to do your best.