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.PT0M0S 620 349
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 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. 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. 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.