Exclusive to Collins ... Meet Brad Johnson
But beware of the dog. Behind that broad smile lies a steely determination to succeed. Johnno's durability and consistency over a sixteen-year career have made him a widely respected player and a great leader, on and off the field. He has witnessed the club's transformation from a culture of losing to one of winning, within reach of its second premiership.
Johnno has great stories to tell about his teammates - the early days were shared with Dougie Hawkins and Libba - and he played with many 300-plus game legends (Chris Grant, Scott West and Rohan Smith). He was part of the club when Ted Whitten lost his battle with cancer. Brad has a candid view on coaching, having played under three different coaches (Terry Wallace, Peter Rhode, Rodney 'Rocket' Eade). He's seen his beloved club almost go under, and he's captained it through its resurrection. This is the story of the Western Bulldogs' last two decades, as seen through the eyes of its favourite son, he continues to defy his age and remains one of the key players in the Bulldogs’ premiership quest.
Recruited from Williamstown, Brad Johnson made his debut in the 1994 AFL season, and has been known as either a damaging forward or midfielder. He is a popular figure around the club and has won three best and fairest awards - in 1999, 2002 and 2006. Johnson has been selected in the All-Australian Team in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007. In 2006 he was chosen as captain of the Bulldogs following the injury of Luke Darcy and also as captain of the All Australian Team. Johnson capped off his 2006 season finishing second in the Coleman Medal with 70 goals, an amazing feat considering that he had played the final 11 games of the season with a shoulder injury that later required surgery. Johnson is married to Donna and they now have two children, Ella and Jack. When he is not kicking goals for the Western Bulldogs you can listen to Johnno on Melbourne’s Mix 101.1 as resident footy expert on Friday Morning with Brig and Lehmo.