Josh Kennedy (footballer, born 1988)
|Full name||Joshua P. Kennedy|
|Date of birth||20 June 1988|
|Place of birth||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Original team(s)||Sandringham Dragons (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||40th pick (FS), 2006 National Draft (Hawthorn)|
|Height/Weight||188 cm / 96 kg|
167 (98)13 (4)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of Round 10, 2016.
Joshua P. "Josh" Kennedy (born 20 June 1988) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League (AFL), he previously played for the Hawthorn Football Club. The son and grandson of former Hawthorn players, he was originally recruited to Hawthorn in the 2006 National Draft, under the father–son rule. Kennedy debuted for the club during the 2008 season, but was traded to Sydney prior to the 2010 season, having played 13 games for Hawthorn. An inside midfielder, he has since become a regular for Sydney. He has won the Bob Skilton Medal twice as the club's best and fairest, in 2012 and 2015, and also played in a premiership in 2012. Kennedy has been named in the All-Australian team on two occasions, in 2012 and 2014, and finished equal third in the 2014 Brownlow Medal.
Kennedy is the son of John Kennedy Jr., a former Hawthorn player and grandson of John Kennedy, Sr., an Australian Football Hall of Fame member. He finished Year 12 studies at Xavier College in Kew, Victoria in 2006, having also played for Ashburton Football Club as a youngster. In mid-2006 it was announced that he would be recruited in the 2006 AFL Draft by the Hawthorn Football Club for the 2007 season, under the father-son rule. Kennedy made his debut for the club in round nine of the 2008 season. He played two further games in his debut season, and ten the following season, but was traded to Sydney at the end of the 2009 season, along with Ben McGlynn, with Hawthorn receiving draft picks 39, 46, and 70 in exchange.
In late 2009, Kennedy was offered a three-year deal by the Sydney Swans. Kennedy accepted the offer, as the Swans' offered him more opportunity to play senior football than Hawthorn, who had many players similar to Kennedy. He was traded to the Swans along with teammate Ben McGlynn for 2009 AFL Draft picks 39, 46 and 70. Kennedy capped a fantastic year by finishing 3rd in the Sydney Swans Best & Fairest, behind winner Kieren Jack and runner-up Shane Mumford. Kennedy was also awarded the Paul Roos Award for best player in the finals series.
Kennedy followed up his outstanding debut year in Sydney with another very consistent season in 2011. Despite a relatively slow start, Kennedy hit top form in the 2nd half of the year to finish equal 2nd with Rhyce Shaw in the Bob Skilton Medal (behind winner Adam Goodes). Kennedy further enhanced his growing reputation around the league with 2 more outstanding performances in the Swans' finals games against St.Kilda and Hawthorn.
Kennedy had his most consistent year earning himself his first All-Australian team selection. Kennedy won the Brett Kirk Medal in round one. Kennedy polled in equal eighth place in the Brownlow Medal, with 19 votes - the most of any Sydney player. He played in Sydney's Grand Final winning team, where he had 26 disposals and kicked two goals. He also won the Sydney Best & Fairest (Bob Skilton Medal) with (877) votes to win by a massive 172 votes from 2nd Ted Richards (705) and 3rd Ryan O'Keefe (701), managing to consistently poll votes in each round.
- Statistics are correct to the end of the 2014 season 
|Led the league for the Season only*|
|Led the league after finals only*|
|Led the league after Season and Finals*|
*10 games required to be eligible.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
Honours and achievements
|Brownlow Medal votes|
|Green / Bold = Won|
- All-Australian: 2012, 2014
- Bob Skilton Medal (Sydney Swans Best and Fairest): 2012, 2015
- Brett Kirk Medal: 2012 (Round 1)
- Peter Badcoe VC Medal: 2012 (Round 3)
In April 2015 Kennedy's wife Ana gave birth to their first child, a baby boy named Emilio.
- Boulton, Martin (20 July 2006). "Bloodline runs true as a third-generation Kennedy takes his place at Hawthorn". The Age.
- Mark Robinson (9 October 2009). "Josh Kennedy move the end of a family dynasty at Hawthorn" – AdelaideNow. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
- Niall, Jake (30 September 2009). "Favourite Hawk may leave nest". The Age.
- "Kennedy and McGlynn to Swans". 8 October 2009.
- "Kieren Jack: 2010 Club Champion".
- Cordy, Neil (18 September 2012). "All-Australian selection complements career turnarounds by Swans Josh Kennedy and Ted Richards". The Daily Telegraph.
- Kogoy, Peter (24 March 2012). "Small leap for AFL's Giant experiment in derby 1". The Australian.
- Sam Lienert and John Salvado (29 September 2012). "Sydney Swans outlast favourites Hawthorn in classic grand final to claim the 2012 AFL premiership".
- "Sydney Swans midfielder Josh Kennedy emphatically claims first Bob Skilton medal after superb season". 5 October 2012.
- Josh P. Kennedy's player profile at AFL Tables
- Malcolm, Alex (23 April 2015). "Kennedy's late dash to Perth after birth of child". Australian Football League. Retrieved 24 April 2015.