Symonds was a huge fan of Broncos and a friend and co-worker of Parker and Ennis on Fox Sports as the world deals with his tragic passing after a car accident.
“This morning we woke up to the very sad news that our fellow Fox Sports and former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds tragically died overnight in a car crash outside Townsville,” Lara Pitt said on Fox League.
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“We are at the beloved Brisbane Broncos home of Andrew and like so many around the world are dealing with this terrible news.
“Corey Parker, you had a very strong relationship with the man known as Roy.”
“We are in mourning for the great man Roy, Andrew Symonds,” Parker said.
“We woke up to the tragic news this morning to hear of his passing.
“In my view, I have never found a man with such a presence in any room he enters.
“I know he loves cricket, but he also had a great passion for rugby league, Broncos and Cowboys as well as fishing.
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“I was fortunate enough to be a part of Roy’s life at different stages. He would come to the changing rooms in Red Hill and also come out on the training grounds.
“To rub shoulders with a guy who brings a smile to everyone’s face no matter what’s going on.”
Parker remembered Symonds’ generous invitation to the Broncos on his boat for a fishing session.
“A little story about Roy and everyone who has a good story to tell about Roy, because we can all still be in control,” Parker said.
“I went fishing with Roy once and that was one of his interests. He opened his arms and invited Bronco to his boat and he understood some passion and what he was able to inculcate during his career.
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“For those around him he is a wonderful family man Roy. We will miss him unfortunately, unfortunately.
“It’s tragic news and I’m still trying to get control of what happened.”
Michael Innes fondly recalled Symonds’ passion for both the cricket and rugby league, which often overlapped in the Fox Sports offices.
“It was a great man, Andrew Symonds,” Innes said.
“Very contagious. And part of the Fox Sports team.
“Often we’d see Andrew and up until a couple of weeks ago in the lounges while Sheffield Shields were on the ACB cricket tracks and he was wearing the beloved Broncos shirt to watch football with us.”
Ennis recalls that Symonds was on hand to comfort the Broncos after defeats and celebrate victories at the Paddington Hotel when he was at the club.
“The first time I met Andrew Symonds was when I came to the Bronco and went back to the old Paddington Hotel where we’re going,” Innes said.
“If you lose it will lighten the mood and if you win it will be the life of the party. He was just a contagious guy and a great personality that we all loved.
“I just can’t believe the news today. It’s tragic.”
House conveyed the thoughts and prayers of the entire Fox Sports family to the Symonds family at this tragic time.
“A wonderful personality Andrew Symonds on and off the court and our deepest sympathies are with his family, his wife, Laura, and his two children,” Pete said.
“We think of his friends around the world and the cricket brothers.”
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