Jonathan Brown – Australian Rules Football Player
Jonathan Brown, born in Victoria on 29 October 1981 is a professional Australian footballer.
He was the captain of the Brisbane Lions in AFL. He was regarded as one of the premier players for being the best and fairest winner of the club for 3 times. With a height of 195cm and 105 kg, he was a consistent contributor during the initial seasons. He won All Australian twice and Coleman medal once. He began playing Australian rules at a very early stage.
He started playing school football with Emmanuel Hawks along with cricket. At the age of 15, he began senior football with South Warrnambool Football Club and senior cricket. In the year 1999, he grabbed the attention of AFL recruiters while playing under 18 football for Geelong Falcons.
Football Career (1999 to 2014)
Jonathan Brown was selected by Brisbane Lions in 1999 under the rule of father-son, where he moved to Brisbane and was groomed as a Centre Half Forward. He played his first senior game as an 18-year old boy for the Lions against Adelaide Crows in round 5. In 2000, his best game was against Fremantle with 23 disposals and two goals. With a great opening, he became a part of 2001, 2002 and 2003 premierships.
In 2001, he made 7 goals with 9 marks and 19 disposals. He averaged 6 marks for the entire season, with 1.5 goals and 14 disposals per game. He was suspended in 8 games due to injury, but despite of his injury and suspension he kicked his career with 39 goals and led the Lions in marks. He was suspended first 5 games of the 2005 season, as he was reported for striking Port Adelaide’s Josh Carr during final loss.
After his return from suspension, he has a great start by taking 14 marks and kicking 8 goals on Ted Richards. He kicked 5 goals against Kangaroos in the following week, with 5 goals, 27 disposals and 12 marks. Another injury in 2005 cut his season, yet it was considered to be the best individual season with an average of 8 marks, 18 disposals and 2.8 goals per game. He signed a contract with Brisbane Lions until end of the 2008 season.
In 2006, he stamped his authority on AFL, and dominated in the air in front of goals frequently. In averaged 11 marks, 6.5 goals and 20 disposals per game in three successive games. Jonathan Brown was favoured to replace Voss as captain, but he was announced as co-captain. Later it was announced that Brown was stepping down from co-captaincy.
The year 2006 was Brown’s best year with an average of 9 marks, 16 disposals, and 3.5 goals per game. He is the first Brisbane player to kick 10 goals in a game. He won the best and fairest player award along with the AFLPA best captain award. 2008 can be said as a slow season for Brown with some minor injuries. After completion of 22nd round of the 2008 season, he signed a 40year contract with Lion. He was announced as the sole captain of the club on 27th October, 2008.
2010 was a bad season for Brown, as he was hampered by injury throughout the season, due to which he missed 6 games for the Lions. Despite of his injury and missing 6 games, he was the leading goal kicker of the Lions and became the third best and fairest after Simon Black and Michael Rischitelli. In the first game of 2011, he suffered with a facial injury after he was kneed by the defender. He suffered three facial injuries in 2011, due to which doubts started over his career. During round 13, 2014, he suffered 4th facial injury, as he collided with Tomas Bugg’s knee. He suffered a concussion and decides to retire from football.
After a decorated career of 256 games and 3 premierships, Jonathan Brown announced his retirement from AFL in June, 2014. He has great credentials to become a coach, but it’s too early to tell what his post retirement plans are.
Awards And Achievements
- Coleman Medal in 2007
- Merrett–Murray Medal – Brisbane Best & Fairest in 2007, 2008, 2009
- All-Australian in 2007 (VC), 2009
- AFLPA Best Captain Award in 2007, 2009
- Brisbane Lions Captain from 2007-2013
- AFLPA Robert Rose Most Courageous Player Award in 2007, 2008, 2011v
- Brisbane Lions Leading Goal kicker in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013