Jonathan Brown retires on doctor’s orders

Written By malwan milad on Senin, 23 Juni 2014 | 12.50

Former Lions skipper Jonathan Brown has announced his immediate retirement due to health reasons.

Speaking on AFL 360 Barry Hall and Cameron Mooney encourage Brisbane Lion Jonathan Brown to retire after suffering another concerning concussion

Jonathan Brown of the Lions looks on from the bench. Source: Getty Images

VETERAN Brisbane superstar Jonathan Brown has announced his immediate retirement from AFL footy.

Brown, a 256-gamer, said his decision was based on strong medical advice following his third heavy head knock in 12 months in the Lions' 45-point loss to Greater Western Sydney on June 14.

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"It's a very difficult time, but at the same time I'm very happy on reflection," 32-year-old full-forward Brown told reporters at the Gabba.

"Unfortunately though, the last week or so it's become evident after my concussion last week that I don't respond or bounce back like I used to from those hits.

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"I had pretty strong medical advice this week that it was in my best interest to stop.

"It's been a hard pill to swallow, even though deep down inside I knew that was the right answer."

Brown, a three-time premiership player, said his 15th season in the AFL was likely to have been his last anyway.

"It wasn't worth the risk of going out there and copping another head knock and jeopardising my future with my wife and kids," he said.

"I've got to keep pretty sharp for the young fella, to chase him around."

After 15 seasons, Brisbane stalwart Jonathan Brown has called it quits on his career after suffering a heavy concussion in the Lions' clash with the Giants in Round 13.

The two-time All-Australian said he would stay involved with the club off the field for the remainder of the season.

"I'm not going to dramatise it — I'm OK, I'm going to recover. I'm sure my symptoms will clear up soon," Brown said.

Has Jonathan Brown made the right decision to retire from AFL footy?

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge today described Brown as "an intimidating figure".

"But he's highly respected among the footy public and players, and as intimidating as he is on the field he's just as good a bloke off the field.

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"He's always willing to have a beer — probably more than anyone else — but that's the kind of person he is, a laid-back country bloke who loves to play footy and loves to have a good time with his mates.

"What he's done for football in general and also the Brisbane Lions has been enormous.

"It's disappointing the way he's finished with another head clash but that's the way he's played his footy from day dot, he puts his head over the ball."

Hodge said he tried to keep up with Brown in an off-season drinking session about five years ago.

"No good," he said. "He's a powerhouse — on and off the field."

Brown thanked coach and former teammate Justin Leppitsch for his support, insisting he hadn't pressured him into retiring.

"I'm looking forward to the future, whatever that may be."

The club legend said he believed the 17th-placed Lions were heading in the right direction, despite Saturday's 83-point mauling by Fremantle.

Hawks captain Luke Hodge has been one of the first people to praise former Lions skipper Jonathan Brown following his retirement announcement.

JONATHAN BROWN

Recruited from: South Warrnambool/Geelong Falcons

Draft history: Pick 30 (father-son), 1999 national draft

Age: 32

Games: 256

Goals: 594

Honours: Best-and-fairest 2007, 08, 09; All-Australian 2007, 09; Coleman Medal 2007; premierships 2001, 02, 03; co-captain 2007-08; captain 2009-12

BRISBANE LIONS MOST GAMES

322 Simon Black

318 Marcus Ashcroft

289 Michael Voss

282 Luke Power

279 Nigel Lappin

273 Shaun Hart

268 Darryl White

256 Jonathan Brown

248 Jason Akermanis

222 Daniel Bradshaw

BRISBANE LIONS MOST GOALS

594 Jonathan Brown

496 Daniel Bradshaw

460 Alastair Lynch

307 Jason Akermanis

285 Roger Merrett

MOST GOALS BY A BRISBANE LIONS PLAYER IN A GAME

10.1 Jonathan Brown v Carlton, 2007

9.6 Brad Hardie v Carlton, 1989

9.2 Daniel Bradshaw v Melbourne, 2005

8.6 Rod Owen v Fitzroy, 1992

8.5 Jim Edmond v Geelong, 1987

8.4 Jonathan Brown v Hawthorn, 2006

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