Luke Hodge will play his 300th game on Saturday afternoon against Geelong, before hanging up with boots at season's end. 

One of the most decorated players in the game, Hodge will become the eighth player to play 300 games for the Hawks. 

The milestone achievement will join an incredible list of honours including four premierships (three of which he captained), two Norm Smith Medals, two Peter Crimmins Medals, three All Australian honours and a seven-season stint as club captain. 

Fittingly, Hodge will reach the milestone against Geelong, a side that he has had countless memorable battles with over his 16-year career. 

Taken with pick one in the 2001 national draft, Hodge made an instant impact on the competition, playing 15 games in his first year. 

By the end of his fourth year in 2005, Hodge had a Peter Crimmins Medal, an All Australian honour and an International Rules cap to his name, all while quickly building a reputation as one of the toughest customers in the game. 

The 2008 season brought about the heights of both individual and team success for the Colac product. 

In the same week that Hodge was preparing for a Preliminary Final battle against St Kilda, he was named in his second All Australian team on the back flank, like in 2005. 

Just 12 days later, Hodge won his first premiership in a Grand Final victory over Geelong.

Hodge was a stand-out on the day, also being awarded the Norm Smith Medal for his performance.

Before the 2010 Peter Crimmins Medal count, an award Hodge would go on to win, Sam Mitchell handed over the captaincy reigns to a 26-year old Hodge. 

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It capped off a prominent year for Hodge, who was named as captain in the third All Australian side of his career.

After an injury-interrupted year in 2012, Hodge managed to reach fitness in time to lead a losing Hawthorn side to what would be the first of four consecutive Grand Final appearances. 

The 2013 season begun what many consider to be one of the most dominant eras of football history. 

Led by Hodge, Hawthorn would achieve threepeat premiership success over the course of 2013, 2014 and 2015 to be regarded by some as the greatest side of all time.

Hodge won a second Norm Smith Medal in 2014 to become only the third player in the game’s history to achieve the feat twice, alongside Andrew McLeod and Gary Ayres.

As Hodge nears the end of his 16th season in the league, this weekend’s milestone match allows the football world to celebrate what has been an outstanding career to witness.

Very few players in the history of the game have been more respected than Luke Hodge. 

A win over the Hawks’ archrivals, Geelong, this Saturday afternoon would be the perfect way to commemorate this Hawthorn immortal.

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