Jobe Watson – AFL Player
The current Essendon captain recovered after a false start and has kept the family tradition of AFL excellence intact.
Born in Melbourne, Victoria on February the 8th, Jobe Watson made his debut for Essendon and has continued to be with the team ever since. Jobe, who followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a professional AFL player, overcame early hiccups to be later considered as one of the elite midfielders playing the game.
Jobe studied at Kostka Hall preparatory school, later going to college at Xavier College Melbourne. His father, Tim Watson, played AFL for the Essendon Football Club. Jobe too would go on to represent the Bombers as he became their 40th pick in the 2002 draft.
Jobe Watson started off his AFL career as a key forward, however he received a lot of criticism for his poor kicking. Jobe’s initial coach Kevin Sheedy, who had a bit of a history with his father Tim, came down hard on Jobe asking him to lose weight and become fitter. Sheedy admitted recently that he would have traded out Jobe had he remained Head Coach of the team. He also claimed that the turnaround in Jobe Watson’s career was remarkable and that maybe his tough love had something to do with his career coming on track.
After that slow start to his career, Jobe took up boxing to lose weight and shifted to playing as a mid-fielder. He looked to two times Brownlow winner Greg Williams to help him master the art of clearing stoppages. His game continued to improve as he shared a good working relationship with Matthew Knights, who would make him captain after the retirement of Matthew Lloyd in 2009.
2009 and 2010 were his stand out years in terms of performance as he cemented his place as one of the best midfielders in the league. A hamstring injury kept him out of action for six weeks in the 2011 season; however he continued to impress in the games he did play.
Jobe Watson would go on to earn a lot of accolades for his determination and willingness to fight it out even when his team was crumbling around him. He would be chosen for the All-Australian team in 2012 in addition to winning the Brownlow medal as the AFL’s best player.
His career would court controversy as he would undergo investigation for taking banned supplement AOD-9604.
Honours and Achievements
Jobe Watson has been awarded a number of Club and AFL awards over his career. He was awarded the Essendon best and fairest award in 2009 and 2010, the Archer-Hird Medal in 2010. Jobe also won the W.S. Crichton award in 2009, 2010 and 2012.He has been Captain of the Essendon Football Club since 2010. Jobe would make the All-Australian team in 2012 and 2013.
The AFLPA Best Captain Award and the Lou Richards medal would also be awarded to Jobe Watson in 2012.
Watson admitted on a Television show that he suspected he had been administered banned substance AOD-9604 during the 2012 season with the knowledge of the Essendon support staff. Coming on the back of his most spectacular year in the AFL till then, this raked up a huge controversy. However, both he and the Essendon Club have been found not guilty by the investigating authorities.