You could not wipe the smile off Travis Colyer’s face.
Having been swarmed by hundreds of ecstatic Tatura Primary School students, the Essendon speedster could only stand back and admire the pure enthusiasm on show when pupils saw AFL players in the flesh on Tuesday, May 8.
‘‘I’m not really anybody at Essendon, but they’re just so happy to see you,’’ Colyer said.
‘‘(I enjoy) just the excitement from the kids and how happy they are.
‘‘We obviously do a fair few of these visits, but the enthusiasm they show — you don’t have to give a lot to get a lot of reward back.
‘‘And it’s good coming to these small towns that don’t see a lot of AFL players like metropolitan areas would.’’
Colyer, with twin-tower team mates Shaun McKernan and Matthew Leuenberger, spoke to the students about being a footballer, training, nutrition and life after football, before spending lunchtime mingling with the youngsters.
Perhaps the pleasant afternoon at Tatura — with team mates Joe Daniher and David Myers at Sacred Heart School — was exactly what the Essendon boys needed to brighten up their season.
The Bomber trio spoke particularly strongly about the short-term nature of an AFL career and Colyer, who studies part-time in preparation for his next chapter, said the end was always just around the corner.
‘‘As you get older you probably think about it more; we are AFL players, but also people, and it’s a short-term thing, unlike a lot of other industries,’’ he said.