Now three years into retirement, it's only his three children heckling former Canterbury champion and the greatest point scorer in NRL history, Hazem El Masri, to miss. When Lamya, 10, Zayd, 8, and Serine, 4, spy a park with goalposts, they head straight to the sidelines and say, "Dad, come and see if you've still got it," El Masri joked.
"I say, 'No, no, bring the ball a little closer,' and then I distract them by getting them to do push-ups. I miss a couple [of kicks] sometimes and they give me heaps."
After a decorated 14-year career as a winger, fullback and goal-kicker for the Bulldogs and representing NSW in State of Origin clashes and Australia and Lebanon internationally, El Masri, 36, has been active in retirement. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters from University of Western Sydney for his community service and for being a role model in the Arabic community.
Now he is an ambassador for the Rebel Sport Run4Fun presented by The Sun-Herald. With his children, El Masri plans to take part in the 10-kilometre Run4Fun at Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday, November 4.
"I think I will run a bit, walk the majority of it and definitely socialise and I'm keen for the kids to be involved as well," El Masri said.
To join the El Masri family and be a part of the fourth annual Run4Fun, enter now at run4fun.com.au