One of the most damaging players in the AFL, Brendon Goddards 334 game career provided passion, skill and character which is what had him so respected by his peers.
The first pick in the 2002 NAB AFL Draft, the Saints were impressed by Goddard’s outstanding disposal, excellent endurance, speed and strong hands both in the air and at ground level. Goddard represented Australia in the U17 AIS/Academy team that toured Ireland in 2002 and Victorian Country in 2002 U18 Championships where he was named in the All Australian.
Towards the later years of his playing career, Goddard became one of the games’ best players, highlighted with All Australian selection in 2009 and 2010 as the Saints reached the AFL Grand Final.
Goddard also finished top three in St Kilda’s Best and Fairest, averaging 27 and 28 possessions per game in each season and was one of the club’s most consistent finals performers. Goddard’s spectacular mark and goal late in the 2010 Grand Final against Collingwood sits as one of the greatest highlights of all-time.
After 205 games with the Saints, Goddard would be one of the first to move clubs through free Agency in 2012 to the Bombers where he would win their best and fairest award in his first year.
Goddard provided his new club with leadership and a player capable of providing drive in a number of different positions. 2017 saw Brendon continue to excel as he played all 23 games, including an elimination final. Brendon also played his 300th game in round 11 against GWS, a remarkable achievement. Whilst 2017 was Brendon’s 15th season in the AFL, he has shown only signs of further development, averaging 26.7 disposals a game, his best since arriving at Essendon.
Goddard retired from AFL level football at the end of 2018. One final accolade to add to his collection, Goddard was awarded the AFLPA Madden MedalThe Madden, awarded to the retiring player who has best demonstrated on-field excellence, personal development and growth, as well as community spirit over the course of his playing career. Goddard has since joined Old Caufield Grammarians in the VAFA.
A media friendly star of the game, Goddard made regular appearances on Nine Network’s The Footy Show and continues to make regular appearances on Fox Footy’s AFL 360 and Fox Sports news show, AFL Tonight. Goddard has also written for the Herald Sun, appeared on RSN radio and during the 2019 AFL Trade Period, co-hosted Seven’s coverage of the Trade on the new show The Trade Game alongside Andy Maher and Tom Browne.
Outside of the AFL world, Goddard is a superb golfer, with one of the lowest handicaps amongst AFL players. Between playing on the fairways, Goddard has also joined the PGA Broadcast team, reporting on some of their major tournaments.
Brendon and his wife Rosie, reside in Melbourne along with their two daughters Billie and MacKenzie.
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Another accolade for BJ ?? Congrats to #TeamTLA’s @brendon_goddard who has won the @aflplayers Madden Medal, awarded to a retiring player who has best demonstrated on-field excellence, personal development and growth, as well as community spirit over the course of his playing career.