Arguably the most courageous player the game has seen, Brisbane champion Jonathan Brown announced his retirement this afternoon. His achievements will see him remembered as a great of the game, but Brown’s numbers never really did him justice.
A countless number of teammates have said they walk taller with Brown by their side; just as many opposition players have said his mere presence on the footy field made them uneasy.
His courage couldn’t ever be questioned, and he will be remembered as one of the great on-field leaders of his time. The messages below – posted on social media by past and present players – highlight a fact we’ve known for at least a decade: few players have ever been as well-liked or respected by their peers as Brown.