Hodge is undoubtedly one of Hawthorn’s greatest ever players.
A four-time premiership player and three-time premiership captain, Hodge’s relentless attitude, his leadership and all-round ability made him a vital cog in one of the most successful eras in Hawthorn’s history.
While he was renowned as a brilliant leader, Hodge’s individual accolades also speak for themselves.
The general of Hawthorn’s backline, with the ability to go through the midfield and star there in his own right, Hodge finished his career as a dual Norm Smith medallist (just one of four players to do so), a three-time All Australian and a two-time best and fairest winner at the Hawks.
His ability to rise to the occasion in big games, particularly finals, was one of Hodge’s biggest legacies.
Hodge also captained Hawthorn between 2011 and 2016 and was named as the AFL Players’ Association’s best captain in 2014.
After retiring at the end of the 2017 season, Hodge came back out of retirement after being traded to Brisbane to reunite with long-time mentor and newly installed Lions coach Chris Fagan.
Hodge received widespread praise from those at the Lions about the role he played from a leadership point of view at the Lions, spending two seasons there and helping the young team on the path to a semi-final berth in 2019.
Hodge now splits his time as a part-time coach with his media commitments.
- 346 games
- Four-time AFL premiership player (2008, 2013-15)
- Three-time AFL premiership captain (2013-15)
- Two-time Norm Smith Medallist (2008 and 2014)
- Three-time All Australian team (2005, 2008 and 2010)
- Two-time Hawthorn best-and-fairest (2005 and 2010)
- AFL Players’ Association Best Captain (2014)
- Bachelor of Business – RMIT (2017)
- Cert III in Sport and Rec (Football Induction Program)
- Cert IV in Personal Training and Fitness
- Cert IV in Finance and Broking
- Diploma of Management (Australian Institute of Management)
- Ambassador for My Room (8 years)
- Ladder mentor
- Hawthorn captain (2011-16)
- Established Hodgestone Finance in 2014 with former teammate Daniel Elstone