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Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson (WTCDNW)
Personal Information
Full name Brad Johnson
Nickname(s) The Smiling Assassin
Date of Birth 18 July 1976
Place of Birth Hoppers Crossing, Victoria
Original Team Williamstown
Position(s) Full-Forward
Playing Career
Years Club Games
1994-2011 Western Bulldogs 377
Coaching Career
Years Club Games
2013- Western Bulldogs 2

Brad Johnson (born 18 July 1976, Hoopers Crossing, Victoria) is a former Australian Rules Football player who captain of the Australian Football League team Western Bulldogs, who, despite his small stature, is considered to be one of the all time best forwards in the game due to his marking and goal kicking ability.

Originally recruited by the VFL team Williamstown, Johnson made his début in the AFL in 1994 for Footscray (later known as the Western Bulldogs), and quickly grew a reputation for being one of the better full-forwards despite often playing in the midfield. Known by his nickname, the "smiling assassin" due to his constant smile, he became one of the games best players, winning the Western Bulldogs best and fairest award in 1999, 2002, 2006 and 2009, as well as appearing in the All-Australian team in 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010. He also managed to produce some grand final feats as well, playing in the 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2009 and 2010 Grand Finals, winning 2 Norm Smith medals for best on ground (1999 and 2006), becoming the second player to achieve the feat. In 1999, he was chosen to be a full-forward in the Western Bulldogs team of the century.

In his later years, Brad Johnson became one of the most prolific goal scorers in the competition, winning the 2006 Coleman medal for most goals scored in the home-and-away season, runner up for said medal in 2008, and the Western Bulldogs top scorer from 2007-2009. His many accolades put him into the position of Captain of his club from 2007-2011, leading his team to the 2009 and 2010 Grand Final victories.

His career ended abruptly however, for in the second round of the 2011 season, a major clash with Essendon players led to a broken leg, which caused the superstar to stop playing professionally. In 2011, he became assistant coach for his beloved team under head coach Wayne Schimmelbusch, and midway through the 2013 season, he was appointed caretaker coach after Schimmelbusch's sacking.

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