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Brown won three premierships with the Lions (©GettyImages)
Brown won three premierships with the Lions (©GettyImages).

Jonathan Brown calls time on AFL career

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Jonathan Brown - the Brisbane Lions champion - has announced his retirement from the sport on medical advice after his latest concussion, The Herald Sun reports.

A forward of unrivalled courage, Brown will go down as one of the greatest forwards of his generation and a true Brisbane Lions hero.

The 'Lion King'

Nicknamed the 'Lion King', Brown was part of the Brisbane side which won three consecutive Premierships in 2001, 2002 and 2003 after being drafted at pick 30 (father/son selection) in the 1999 national draft.

He went on to play 256 games for the Lions and kicked a club record 594 goals.

Widely acclaimed as the most courageous player to have played the game, Brown's attack of the ball in full flight was universally admired.

Injury record

His courage, however, often had its side effects with a horrific injury record that included three full facial reconstructions. The latest setback suffered against Greater Western Sydney saw both the doctors and Brown decide that enough is enough.

Brown retires a Brisbane and AFL legend, with a list of honours not many can match. Brown will be a big miss to the game of Australian Rules football.

Jonathan Brown list of honours

Premierships: 2001, 2002, 2003

Best & Fairest: 2007, 2008, 2009

All Australian: 2007, 2009

Coleman Medal: 2007

Brisbane Lions Co-Captain: 2007, 2008

Brisbane Lions Captain: 2009-2012

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