EB Research Foundation
Brisbane Lions Football Club
After a glittering AFL career with Brisbane Lions, Brown has quickly assumed the unique position of having universal appeal as he undertakes a career in the media and being widely recognised in the AFL community after being inducted into the Brisbane Lions Hall of Fame.
On the field, Brown’s career was headlined by three Premierships, three Brisbane Lions Club Champion awards, two All-Australian berths and a Coleman Medal in 2007.
Known for his courage, strength and imposing style of play, the son of former Fitzroy player Brian grew up in Warrnambool and played TAC Cup for the Geelong Falcons. A Vic Country representative at Under 16 and Under 18 level, he was drafted as a Father-Son selection by the Lions in 1999.
In 2000, Brown made his debut against the Adelaide Crows and saw finals action in his first year as a Lion. A year later, Brown became an AFL Premiership player a month shy of his 20th birthday, as the Lions secured a history-making Premiership win.
Brown announced his arrival with seven goals against Geelong at the Gabba, drawing immediate comparison with the best forward in the game at the time, Wayne Carey.
A second Premiership medal came his way in the 2002 before Brown produced a superb finals series in 2003, being best afield in the Preliminary Final as the Lions marched to a third straight title.
Not yet 22, Brown had stamped himself as one of the game’s most dominant forces. Injury and suspension curtailed his presence in 2005-06 but it was evident that his best was still ahead of him.
From 2007-2010 Brown showed exactly what he was made of, kicking 77 goals in 2007 to win the Coleman Medal, 70 in 2008, 85 in 2009 and 50 in 2010. With the retirement of Michael Voss, Brown was made Co-Captain in 2007 before taking on the job in his own right in 2009.
Brown’s standing amongst his peers speaks volumes – he has won both the AFLPA Best Captain and Most Courageous Player awards on multiple occasions.
He started 2013 by captaining the Lions to the NAB Cup title, a night on which he kicked five goals in a dominant display. Since finishing his decorated career Brown has been recognised by being inducted into the Brisbane Lions Hall of Fame.
Off-field, his playing style, presence and country boy nature has seen him liked by fans across the game. He is a father to Olivia, Jack and Macy.
In 2019, Brown completed the New York Marathon for a great cause raising almost $100,000 for the EB Research Foundation in the process, crossing the line with a time of 3 hours, 14 minutes and 26 seconds.
Brown has made a seamless transition in to life post football and remains one of the game’s modern icons. A key feature of Fox Footy’s AFL coverage, in particular as a member of Monday Night program ‘On The Couch’, and has also been part of the Nova FM Melbourne Breakfast team since 2016.
His profile and well-rounded nature has seen him continue long term partnerships with major brands CUB, Toyota, and Four N Twenty.
Brown’s autobiography ‘Life & Football’ was published in mid-2015 by Penguin. Online purchases can be made via this link- http://bit.ly/1D7V5UO