Junior Club: Colac (VIC)
Recruited from: Geelong U18’s
Brownlow votes: 128
Ron & Linda Sankey
A roller-coaster year for Hodge, but with the happiest of endings, his third time on the dais receiving the premiership cup and his fourth flag overall. But it was quite the journey to get there after a pair of suspensions that cost him five games in total and a drink-driving charge on the eve of the finals. But despite the hiccups, his football remained top-shelf and his status as the spiritual leader of the club undisputed, as witnessed by the outpouring of support from his teammates after his opening goal in the semi-final against Adelaide. Be it as the defensive general, midfield clearance expert or one-out forward, and with his trademark courage and hardness still evident, Hodge’s form in 2015 was as good as it has been for years and he will remain captain.
Player honours: Best and Fairest 2005, 2010; 2nd best and fairest 2006; 3rd best and fairest 2007, 2008; Norm Smith Medal 2008, 2014; All-Australian 2005, 2008, 2010 (captain); All-Australian nominee 2007, 2013; International Rules Series 2005, 2014, 2015; Jim Stynes Medal 2014; NAB AFL Rising Star nominee 2002; premiership sides 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015; captain since 2011.
Brownlow Medal: 2015 votes 13; career votes 128.
Draft history: 2001 National AFL Draft priority selection (Hawthorn) No. 1 overall traded by Fremantle for Trent Croad and Luke McPharlin.