Xavier College / Sandringham Dragons / Essendon
After a career where his football smarts propelled him to three Crichton Medals as Essendon’s Best and Fairest player, Jobe Watson’s deep understanding of the game is now a cornerstone of his work on Seven’s AFL coverage in his role as an expert commentator.
Part of Seven’s Thursday Night Footy team for 2020 after appearing occasionally since his retirement at the end of 2017, Watson’s ability to take viewers inside the contest in a clear and concise manner has earned plaudits.
Drafted under the Father-Son rule in the 2002 AFL Draft by the Bombers, Watson was still three months shy of his 18th birthday when he officially joined the club from Sandringham Dragons and Xavier College.
Watson’s path was far from an easy one to becoming an Essendon great. He spent more time in the VFL than AFL through his first three seasons before a breakout season in 2006 saw him finish second in the Crichton Medal. He would assume the captaincy from retiring great Matthew Lloyd ahead of the 2010 season, leading the club over 100 times and claiming the AFLPA’s Best Captain award in 2012 and two All-Australian selections in that time.
Watson and partner Virginia have a daughter, with a second child due in 2020. Outside of family and football, Jobe has a diverse range of commercial interests, holding down a role with Melbourne-based Infolio Property Advisors and as a partner in several New York hospitality and lifestyle businesses.