Jack Wighton’s wife Monisha Lew-Fatt posted a cheeky shout-out to the Canberra Raiders star as he was on the cusp of his shock Dally M Medal win on Monday night.
With partners unable to attend the virtual ceremony, in which only the top handful of contenders were present, Lew-Fatt was forced to watch the major upset from home.
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As Wighton firmed to win the medal as the count went on, Lew-Fatt posted an Instagram story from her home, captioning it ‘My heart’ and also posting a subsequent video showing the couple’s daughters Aaliyah and Ariah, with the former nodding in approval when asked if she was proud of her dad.
Wighton won the Dally M in an upset over favourite Nathan Cleary from Penrith, and also Parramatta’s Clint Gutherson.
Earlier in the evening, Lew-Fatt posted a throwback to the 2019 Dally M medal, wishing her husband luck for the vote count.
“The girls and I are so proud of you and all of your achievements,” she wrote.
“Even though you annoy the hell out of me sometimes and I annoy the hell out of you with my constant whinging, you know I’ll always have your back and love you.
“The girls and I appreciate you more than you will ever know!”
Jack Wighton wins Dally M medal in huge NRL upset
Wighton claimed the 2020 Dally M Medal in a dramatic count during a final-round NRL shootout with Clint Gutherson and Nathan Cleary.
The NSW star is the first Raiders player since Laurie Daley in 1995 to clinch the medal for best player of the season, and just the third from the club in the award's 42-year history.
However, the result was marred for the public with the winner mistakenly published by a media outlet hours before Wighton was crowned on Monday night.
Players' phones were confiscated during the virtual ceremony so it was not spoiled for the contenders and Wighton said he was genuinely shocked to receive the award.
The 27-year-old finished on 26 points ahead of Parramatta fullback Gutherson (25) and Penrith favourite Cleary on 24.
"I'm absolutely shocked, the players I was sitting there with and it could have been anyone, so to receive this medal tonight in front of so many good players, I'm blown away," he said.
"I wrote myself off completely, I really can't believe it, it just feels amazing.
"As a kid I would never have thought I would be talking about something like this. I'm so thankful.
"This is right up there, this is definitely up the top and it's something I'll never forget. I can't really get my head around it yet."
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