Nathan Brown (Australian footballer born 1978)
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Photographed in April 2011
|Full name||Nathan Gordon Brown|
|Date of birth||10 February 1978|
|Place of birth||Victoria|
|Original team(s)||Bendigo Pioneers (TAC Cup)/Golden Square|
|Draft||10th overall, 1996
|Height/Weight||181 cm / 80 kg|
|Position(s)||Half Forward Flank|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of round 22 2009.
Nathan Gordon Brown (born 10 February 1978) is a radio and television football commentator and a former Australian rules footballer for Richmond and the Western Bulldogs in the AFL. He played a total of 219 senior AFL matches and kicked 349 goals. His playing career ended after Richmond told him at the end of 2009, that he would no longer be required as a player.
He played with the Bulldogs from 1997 to 2003, and left the club after a more lucrative contract was offered by Richmond. At the time the Western Bulldogs had asked many of their high profile players to take pay cuts to support the team financially.
Richmond playing career
In 2005 Brown continued to perform for the Tigers, partly due to his former coach at the Western Bulldogs, Terry Wallace taking over, and put in a string of match-winning performances in the early part of the season, including a sensational last-quarter burst against Collingwood in Round 8. In this game, Richmond turned a 10-point deficit into a 35-point victory, thanks to Brown's 5 last-quarter goals. The following week against Brisbane, Brown added 4 goals to be one of the match winners along with Shane Tuck. By this point, Richmond were firmly entrenched in the top four with a 7-2 win-loss record, and Brown had kicked 32 goals.
However, in Round 10 against Melbourne, Brown broke his leg attempting a left-foot kick as Melbourne defender Matthew Whelan dived across him in a legitimate attempt to smother the ball. Brown's right foot became stuck on the Telstra Dome surface and tilted a bit to the right. The injury even sickened media personality Robert Walls, who was watching the match on television, to the extent that he had to turn off his television. Richmond lost the game by 57 points, and would only record three more wins thereafter to finish in 12th place on the ladder.
Brown had a titanium rod inserted into his tibia, and underwent extensive therapy and rehabilitation training over the following pre-season. Despite this, Brown would suffer further complications from his broken leg, among other injuries, eventually leading to his retirement at the end of the 2009 season.
In 2007, with Richmond languishing at the bottom of the ladder, Brown did not play a match at senior level until Round 12, when Richmond defeated Melbourne by 49 points for its first win of the season, with Brown kicking three goals.
In November 2009, Brown announced his retirement from the AFL. He stated that there was interest from other clubs to pick him up, although he believed a persistent groin injury would not stand up to another season of AFL football.
In 2010, Brown joined The Sunday Footy Show as a regular panellist. Up until 2014, Brown worked for Triple M as an expert commentator for Saturday night matches alongside Barry Denner, Mark Howard and Ash Chua. In 2014, Brown joined rival radio station 3AW as a ball-by-ball commentator for Saturday night and Sunday twilight matches.
Brown is married to Kristine Fabiyanic and they have three daughters and a son.
Achievements and honours
- Morrish Medal winner 1996
- All-Australian 2001, 2002
- International Rules Series 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 (Jim Stynes Medal 2004)
- 100 Tiger Treasures "Goal of the Century" Nominee (2008)
- "Richmond Football Club Playerlist". Richmond Football Club. Retrieved 25 September 2008.
- "Nathan Brown Profile". 3AW. Fairfax Media. 2 March 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
- Walls, Robert (4 June 2005). "Brown Irreplaceable". The Age. Yellow and Black. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
- Bradshaw, Finn (18 November 2009). "Nathan Brown confirms retirement". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 4 January 2016.
- "Tigers find winning form in cellar battle". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 23 June 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
- "Brown 'proud' over 200th game". Australian Football League. 11 June 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
- "Richmond prevail in roller-coaster contest". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 15 June 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
- "Nathan Brown Profile". Nine Wide World of Sports. ninemsn. 1 January 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2014.