Chris Judd: AFL Football Player
Christopher (formally called Chris) Dylan Judd is a well-known Australian Rules footballer and former captain of the Carlton Football Club in the AFL (Australian Football League).
Born in September 8th, 1983, Chris Judd is popular across the world for being one the best footballers to be appointed by the AFL. Proof of this lies in his ability to win the League’s highest individual honour, i.e. the Brownlow Medal, twice.
Judd was also awarded different awards and received the honour of being named the premiership captain of the West Coast Eagles during the AFL Premiership in 2006.
Judd has also been selected in the All Australian team six times and received recognition as one of the game’s top Premier Midfielders. On the other hand, Judd has played for Australia in the 2002 International Rules Series and also for Victoria in the AFL Hall of Fame Tribute Match in 2008.
Playing for the West Coast and Carlton, Judd has been recognised and appreciated at both clubs. In the 134 games that he played with West Coast, Judd captained the club for two seasons and also won two Club Champion Awards.
Chris also won the John Nicholls Medal as the club’s Best and Fairest three times after he returned to Melbourne to captain the Carlton Football Club.
However, many believe that the biggest achievement for Judd is that he managed to become one of the four esteemed players in AFL history to win a Brownlow Medal at more than one club.
Life before AFL
Chris Judd is the son of Andrew Judd and Lisa Engel. Born in Melbourne, he was raised in the south-eastern suburbs.
That is where he learnt to play football with the East Sandringham Junior Football Club. During his childhood, Judd was an all-round sportsman who was great at tracking and fielding and extremely skilful and aggressive while playing cricket.
After his time at the East Sandringham Junior Football Club, Judd attended Caulfield Grammar school where he began to focus on Australian Rules football and ended up captaining the school’s very first team.
After school, Chris Judd attended and graduated from the 2000 AIS/AFL Academy. He even participated in the 2000 AFL National under 18 Championship, but was declared to be too young to be recruited by the AFL club. Not losing hope, Judd played the TAC Cup football with the Sandringham Dragons until 2001.
Even though he was having chronic shoulder problems, Judd was announced as the captain of the Vic Metro team in the 2001 AFL National under 18 Championships.
In addition, despite missing the 2001 AFL Draft Camp, his performance stood out from the rest of the team. As a result, he was tipped to be picked high in the 2001 AFL Draft. After the AFL Draft, Judd was selected by West Coast with its priority draft, which was later re-named as the super draft.
Life as an AFL Footballer: West Coast Eagles
Before making his debut with the West Coast Eagles in 2002, Chris Judd played only one WAFL match. It was then that Judd proved that he was a star in the making as he won the AFLPA Best First Year Player Award in his debut season. As things moved forward and Chris Judd got into his second season, he alternated between the forward line and midfield and managed to finish in second place for the Club Best and Fairest award. Later on, Judd was recruited as one of the Club’s four vice captains before the start of the 2004 season.
Even though Judd’s entire career was a series of successful seasons, the one that stands out among the rest is his 2004 one. In this season, he joined forces with Captain Ben Cousins, midfielder Daniel Kerr and ruckman Dean Cox in the West Coast Midfield. As a result, Judd alone managed to average 22 disposals, kicked 24 goals and became West Coast’s first Brownlow medalist.
Moreover, Chris Judd was also named the All Australian Team Wingman and was awarded the Eagle’s Club Champion trophy for the first time.
Later on, in 2005, Judd again averaged 22 disposals and came second after Cousins as the Club Champion. However, he didn’t lose his will, which is why in the same year he won the Norm Smith Medal by kicking the Goal of the Year during the 2005 AFL Grand Final.
In March 1st, 2006, Judd succeeded Ben Cousins and was named the Captain of the Club after the latter had to step down from his post for disciplinary reasons.
As the captain of the team, Judd led the West Coast Eagles to a one-point victory against Sydney in the AFL Grand Finals, which made him win his only AFL Premiership Medallion.
Moreover, the football star also won the Leigh Mathews Trophy as the AFL Players Association’s Most Valuable Player and received his second Best and Fairest award.
Even though Judd’s winning streak followed him through to 2007, he was sidelined for several weeks because of a chronic groin injury and was instructed to tone down his performance during the games that he did play in. In fact, Judd was often restricted to the bench so that he could play the final series.
Sadly, Chris Judd’s time with the West Coast Eagles came to an end. On 16th September 2007, it was announced that he had left the team and had requested a trade to a club in Victoria.
This announcement occurred two days after the club’s semi-final elimination by Collingwood and was first discussed with the coach as well as the CEO earlier that day. As anticipated, his departure raised quite a storm among the Melbourne-based club, the football community, and the media.
After he has resigned from West Coast, Judd met with four clubs: the Melbourne, Carlton, Collingwood and Essendon. After careful consideration, on 2nd October, 2007, Judd announced that he would be joining the Carlton Club. Nine days later, he was traded to Carlton and started playing for the club from there.
Judd With Carlton
Chris Judd’s first match with Carlton was against West Coast at Subiaco Oval in Round 7. With its new addition, Carlton won the match by 37 points. His skills and efforts won him the John Nicholls Medal for the best and fairest of the Carlton Football club.
The following week, Judd also represented the Victorian team at the Hall of Fame Tribute Match. He was one again awarded the John Nicholls Medal and All Australian selection in 2009.
Unfortunately, around the end of the 2009 season, a lot of controversy surrounded the AFL plater as he was suspected for misconduct against Michael Rischitelli after the former was seen making unnecessary contact near the opposing player’s eyes. Initially, the media reported this as eye gouging, but Judd ended up making an even bigger controversy when he said he wanted to push a pressure point behind Rischitelli’s ear. However, this statement was taken back and the player later said that it was only “dry humour”.
After this ordeal, Judd was suspended for three weeks, during which he admitted that this was no laughing matter and that it was stupid on his part to make such a remark.
Now even though Judd did miss the three opening rounds of the 2010 season, he did earn three Brownlow votes in each of first five matches of the season. During this time, he won his second Brownlow Medal with 30 votes and became the 13th VFL/AFL player to win the Brownlow more than once.
Chris Judd also won his third consecutive John Nicholls Medal and became the only player, other than Nicholls himself, to win the Carlton Best and Fairest award three times in a row.
Carlton had a great season in 2011 as Judd led and helped the team finish 5th at the end of the season. Judd was once again awarded the Leigh Matthews Trophy and the AFLPA’s Best Captain Award for the first time.
Judd played his 100th match with Carlton against Hawthorn in 2012, but was reported for misconduct when he was seen pulling his opponent Leigh Adams’ arm up and dislocating his shoulder. Even though he denied any intention to harm Adams, the tribunal found him guilty and suspended him for four matches.
Finally, Judd stepped down from the captaincy of the Carlton Football club and left the leadership group in December 2012.
Life Away from Football
Off the field, Chris Judd is married to Rebecca Twigley, a speech pathologist, since 31st December 2010. The couple has a son named Oscar Dylan. Another interesting fact about the infamous footballer is that he is a registered organ donor and is the environmental ambassador for Visy.
Honours and Achievements
1. The Brownlow Medal – 2004 and 2010
2. The West Coast Eagles Best and Fairest – 2004 and 2006
3. The Carlton Best and Fairest – 2008, 2009 and 2010
4. The Norm Smith Medal – 2005
5. All Australian – 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011
6. AFLPA MVP – 2006 and 2011
7. West Coast Captain – 2006 to 2007
8. Carlton Captain – 2008 to 2012
Despite his aggressive streak, there’s no doubt that Chris Judd is one of the top footballers in Australia. He is currently studying for his Master of Business Administration degree, but his fans miss him on the field and await his return one day.