Steve Johnson – Australian Rules Football Player
Steve Johnson was born on 4th of July 1983 Wangaratta, Victoria.
His career began with junior football for Wangaratta Football Club, later moving on to the Murray Bushrangers in the TAC Cup. He was drafted by the Geelong football club in 2001 as pick number 24.
He made his debut in 2002 in round six of the championship against the Lions at the Gabba. He had a promising first season as he managed four goals in two games and was a member of the VFL premiership side.
Johnson played 15 games this season and would finish 11th in the Best and Fairest running. The highlights of this season was the six goals he scored against the Lions , five coming in the third quarter alone, and his 24 disposals against North Melbourne. This was the first time he had crossed 20 disposals in an AFL game.
This season would see him play only 13 games across the season as he struggled to really break out and cement his place in the team. His five goals in the win over Hawthorn and nine tackles against Brisbane in the preliminary finals were the high points of his season.
He also managed his first Brownlow vote that season.
Johnson played 12 games this season, including both the finals. He managed an impressive 23 possessions and two goals against Sydney in the semi final. He continued to show glimpses of greatness without really managing to sustain it for a long time, as had been the case his entire career.
A better season for Johnson as scored 30 goals from only 15 appearances in the season. His tally included two games where he scored four goals. He also reached the landmark of a 100 career goals that season.
The season began on a controversial note as Johnson was suspended for the first five games of the season by his club for public drunkenness. This charge against him was later dropped. He returned to the team in the sixth round and went on to have his best season yet.
He kicked 49 goals, scoring a goal in every match that he played. He also managed four goals in the Grand Finals and five against Richmond. His performance was stellar for the games he played that season as he was rewarded by being picked for the All
Australian team for the first time in his career.
He had a career best 23 kicks and 14 marks in the game against Freo.
Johnson played all 25 games for the first time in his career. He also made it to his second straight Grand Final appearance where he managed a career best 34 disposals against Hawthorn. No one scored more goals than him that season for his club as he finished the season with 53 goals.
Apart from this he equalled his career best six goals in a game, had more than 20 disposals in 13 games that season and reached 200 career goals too.
He was chosen for the All Australian Team for the second consecutive year and finished the year with 11 Brownlow votes. His 333 kicks in the season would rank him 12th across the entire league.
Johnson started the season off very strongly before an injury brought a halt to a memorable season in the making.
He managed 26 goals from the first 12 rounds of the season while adding just another four over the remaining games. Yet, this tally of 40 goals was the 18th best in the league. He again had six goals in a game against Essendon as well as eight games where he scored more than three goals.
He was nominated for consideration for the ALL Australian team again. He had hip surgery that season to help him recover from injury.
He returned from injury stronger than ever and put in strong performances across the season. He would get selected to the All Australian team for the third time in four years.
Johnson, one again, scored the most goals for his club with a tally of 63 for the season. This was the fourth most for anyone in the league that year. He reached 300 career goals through the course of the season as well.
His season highlights included six goals in a game three times, a career best 16 handballs against Collingwood as well as 28 possessions twice in the season.
Johnson cemented his place in history as he came back from a serious knee injury just a week before the Grand Finals, and led Geelong against all odds to victory with four goals in the game.
He played 23 games in the season and finished with more than 50 goals for the season, third time in his career. He also had two games in which he kicked a career best seven goal, equalled his career best 34 possessions against Melbourne, set a new career best of 17 handballs as well as a new career best of nine tackles in one game that season.
He was once again nominated for selection to the All Australian squad that year. His season total of 514 disposals, 84 tackles and 195 handballs was the best haul he had over a season for his career till now. His career tally of 363 goals at the end of the season was the seventh most in club history.
He would play 21 games this season and all of them as a midfielder. His season total of 465 possessions was the fourth time in his career that he had crossed the 400 mark. He had 14 games in which he managed more than 20 disposals, finishing third among all Geelong players for disposals that season.
He would set a new career best of 10 tackles against West Coast as well as equalling his career best numbers for marks and handballs in a single game that season.
The season was marred by controversy as Johnson was suspended for six games for off field violations. Despite this however he put in stellar performances and underlined his importance to the team.
He managed a career best of 546 disposals and 231 handballs that season and was influential in almost all the games he played.
This was reflected in his tally of 25 Brownlow votes that he garnered for his performances.
He reached 400 career goals in the quarter final game and had 14 games where he totalled more than 25 possessions as well as nine games in which he had over 30 disposals.
Awards And Achievements
- Norm Smith Medal 2007
- All Australian 2007, 2008, 2010
- All Australian Nominee 2009, 2011
- Leading Goal Kicker 2008, 2010
- Reserves Best First Year Player 2002
- VFL 2002 (Geelong dft Port Melbourne)
- AFL 2007 (Geelong dft Port Adelaide)
- NAB Cup 2009 (Geelong dft. Collingwood)
- AFL 2009 (Geelong dft. St Kilda)
- AFL 2011 (Geelong dft. Collingwood)
- Victoria vs. Dream Team 2008
- All Australian under 18 2001
- Victoria Country under 18 2001