Garry Lyon was born in 1967 in Devonport, Tasmania. He attended Melbourne High School and was recruited into Australian Rules Football from Kyabram and debuted in 1986 with the Melbourne Football Club, at 18 years of age. He retired 14 years later with Best and Fairest and Leading Goal Kicker awards, Victorian and All Australian selections, and 226 games under his belt. Garry captained the Demons for seven years, as well as Victoria, and coached the Australian International Rules Team for four years. He is now a football columnist for The Age, commentator for Triple M and the host of Channel 9's football programs The Footy Show and Footy Classified. Garry teamed up with his former school mate, Felice Arena, to write the Specky Magee series.