Hawthorn Football Club and Gold Coast Suns Football Club
Campbell Brown is a much-loved personality on both television and radio where he is at ease in front of the microphone. His laidback delivery and larrikin character make him a favourite among footy followers and casual fans alike. He can be most regularly seen on the Seven Network on Saturday’s pre-game AFL show “The Kick”, as well as covering the VFL and Horse Racing. In recent years Brown has also featured on Seven’s prime time show “Talking Footy”, along with the networks first series of the “Real Fully Monty” raising funds and awareness for Men’s Health issues. He has thrived in his red-carpet hosting roles at multiple Brownlow’s and Logies’ and was a popular member of the Nine Network’s “The Verdict” alongside Karl Stefanovic. You can tune into Campbell providing his insights on horse racing each Tuesday and Friday on SEN’s newest station SEN Track.
As an AFL Premiership and All-Australian player, Brown’s fearless attack on the ball made him a player to be reckoned with at Hawthorn and one of the key figures in the inaugural Gold Coast Suns side. The son of Western Australian hardman Mal Brown, there was little doubt that Brown would have a distinctively aggressive style of play. Drafted by Hawthorn at the 2001 NAB AFL Draft with selection 32, the former Oakleigh Charger lined up for the Hawks for the first time in Round 11 the following year. He quickly made his name as a tough-as-nails defender for the Hawks, becoming a regular fixture in their back half.
In 2007, Brown moved to Centre Half Back where his competitiveness allowed him to compete against forwards with a significant size advantage. Brown excelled in the role and was rewarded with inclusion in the All-Australian team and was a vote from winning the Hawks Best and Fairest. The following year, Brown was instrumental in Hawthorn’s Premiership win over Geelong, which saw him play a role in the forward line in the closing weeks of the season with superb effect.
At the conclusion of the 2010 season, Brown made the move to the Gold Coast Suns, where he was influential in their inaugural season. He captured the essence of the year in his season diary ‘The Rise of The Suns’ (published by Slattery Media Group). In season 2012, Campbell made the move from defence to attack in order to add forward pressure. In doing so he booted 22 goals and was a consistent contributor on a weekly basis.
Off-field, Brown still plays an active role for the Hawthorn Footy Club as a club ambassador working with their sponsorship team and corporate partners. He is also an ambassador for the EJ Whitten Foundation and prior to its closure supported The Shane Warne Foundation raising funds to help the lives of seriously ill and underprivileged children and teenagers in Australia. In July 2015, Brown undertook the challenge to swim the English Channel to raise funds for The Shane Warne Foundation. The 32km swim, that was 18 months in the making, came to a heartbreaking and premature end when wild weather swept in after 6 hours in the water. By the time it was declared too rough to continue, Brown had been swimming for 9 hours where he made barely any ground in the last 3 hours. Brown’s efforts raised more than $100,000 for The Shane Warne Foundation – a truly fantastic achievement. He has continued to pursue physical challenges to test himself running a Marathon in Antarctica in 2018 and climbing to the Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in 2019.
On the 31st October 2017, Campbell and his wife Jess welcomed their son Boston into the world.