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Invincible Brownie tells of crash

Brisbane Lions captain Jonathan Brown tells of how he was hit by a car while cycling on the Gold Coast.

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The legend of Jonathan Brown didn't need a great deal of embellishing. After all, this is a man who had his face awfully mashed twice in a season, then once again in training, and returned to the fray as fearless as ever.

He did require major surgery but it was tempting to think he just iced up his broken cheekbones with a cold stubbie, checked himself out of hospital and drove his ute home to take the greyhounds for a walk.

So when a plot unfolds about Brown cycling along on the Gold Coast, having a mix-up with a car and then having the car come off second best, Brown's reputation as the toughest man in the game goes to a whole new level.

A photograph of the vehicle which was foolish enough to scrap with Jonathan Brown. (Okay, okay, it's not the same ...

A photograph of the vehicle which was foolish enough to scrap with Jonathan Brown. (Okay, okay, it's not the same vehicle ... but it would look something like this, we reckon) Photo: Craig Abraham

The Lions skipper gave the club and its supporters heart palpitations this morning when news filtered through that he had been hit by a car while cycling with a group of 20 riders through the Currumbin Valley.

Such a collision could have had serious consequences indeed and with scant information available soon after the incident, it was natural to worry about the potential outcome.

Oh ye of little faith. Brown was taken to hospital briefly to get 10 stitches in his elbow, although it's likely he was tempted to simply sear up the wound with a burning stick on the side of the road.

Brown suffered a facial injury after running into a pack against Geelong at the Gabba in July last year.

Brown suffered a facial injury after running into a pack against Geelong at the Gabba in July last year. Photo: Getty Images

The car, a Hyundai, was towed away with a ding in the bonnet and a bloody divot in the windscreen, where Brown planted his elbow. It never stood a chance.

Although the damage to his elbow isn't serious, it's another injury to a man who many people are starting to think is less like an AFL forward and more like Wolverine.

In the opening game of 2011, Brown made accidental contact with the knee of Fremantle's Luke McPharlin and required major surgery on a broken jaw and cheekbone.

Jonathan Brown leaves the field after a heavy blow against Fremantle in 2011.

Jonathan Brown leaves the field after a heavy blow against Fremantle in 2011. Photo: Getty Images

It was a shocking injury and the photos from hospital made it look like someone had backed over his head with a truck.

Amid calls for him to change his playing style to be more circumspect before charging into a pack of players, Brown returned later that season, only to cop another blow to the head.

In round 17, a bingle with Geelong's Harry Taylor and team-mate Mitch Clark resulted in another bad facial injury, ending his year and sparking questions about his future in the game.

He vowed to play on and he did - but not after a pre-season training injury in February left him with another fracture to the cheekbone. He laughed that one off as well, playing 20 games for the Lions and booting 47 goals.

Twitter went into overdrive at the news of Brown beating up a defenseless car. Cats forward Tom Hawkins summed up the general theme when he wrote: "I hear BIG Jonathan Brown got hit by a car whilst cycling on the Gold Coast! #poorcar"

Brown has long been a sponsors' favourite, but there's clearly an opening for a cement company to get him on board. It's obviously what he eats for breakfast.

20 comments

  • Chuck Norris wears Jonothon Brown pyjamas.

    Commenter
    Barney
    Location
    The Real World
    Date and time
    October 23, 2012, 1:29PM
    • +1

      Commenter
      Raida
      Location
      chewing salty razors
      Date and time
      October 23, 2012, 3:35PM
  • I've known a guy that completely wrecked a car when he got T-boned whilst cycling by someone doing 60km, he rolled along and over the top of the car and didnt even get a scratch, but hey rather than focus on the road safety message here, just let the Chuck Norris jokes fly

    Commenter
    Dan
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    October 23, 2012, 1:42PM
    • More to the point: Is this Guy accident prone or what? Head collisions, car collisions all point to a serious Doof-head Doofus to me! Odd that great players like Brown, Judd & Matthews have these odd quirks in their personalities!

      Commenter
      Procrustes
      Date and time
      October 23, 2012, 9:25PM
  • Browny. The man is John McClane, not Norris.

    Commenter
    Damo
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    October 23, 2012, 2:12PM
    • Old boots are said to be as tough as Jonathan Brown

      Commenter
      Go Blues
      Date and time
      October 23, 2012, 2:15PM
      • A couple thoughts:

        a) begs the question ... what the eff is Luke McPharlin's knee made out of? Clearly must be kryptonite.

        b) Clive Palmer better make sure Johnno Brown's not on an early morning swim next time he backs the Titanic 2 out of harbour.

        and c) next time someone shows the footage of Leigh Matthews busting the behind post, Brownie will be like 'Pfft, Wuss'

        Commenter
        Aaron
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        October 23, 2012, 2:29PM
        • Had a car hit me on my motorbike; it needed 4 new alloy wheels, every window replaced, all the panels on each side too... I think I was taken for a ride, my bike had a fairing clip come loose and a scuffed handlebar end!

          Commenter
          Problem?
          Date and time
          October 23, 2012, 2:33PM
          • Not one of those Twitter jokes is even remotely funny. This is proof that social media is merely an avenue for the untalented and unfunny to try and get noticed.

            Commenter
            Ray
            Location
            Sunshine
            Date and time
            October 23, 2012, 2:47PM
            • Apparently Jonathan Brown is going to be the 19th club inducted into the AFL. Laffin'...

              Commenter
              Flex
              Date and time
              October 23, 2012, 4:16PM

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