- Steve Johnson (footballer)
Infobox afl player NEW
playername = Steve Johnson
fullname = Steven Johnson
image capt = Steve Johnson
birthdate = Birth date and age|1983|7|4|df=y
Wangaratta Football Club/ Murray Bushrangers
draftpick = 24th overall, 2001
heightweight = 189cm / 89kg
position = Half-Forward/Forward Pocket
currentclub = Geelong
guernsey = 20
years = 2002 –
clubs = Geelong
games(goals) = 107 (198)
sooyears = 2008
sooteams = flagicon|Victoria Victoria
soogames(goals) = 1 (3)
coach = notcoach
statsend = Round 20, 2008
AFL PremiershipPlayer (2007)
Norm Smith Medal(2007)
*VFL Premiership Player (2002)
*Geelong Reserves Best First Year Player (2002)
*Vic Country U/18 (2001)
Steve "Stevie J" Johnson (born 4 July 1983) is an
Australian Rules Footballplayer for the Geelong Football Club.
He was selected by Geelong with pick number 21 in the 2001 National Draft. His first few years were plagued with inconsistency, injury and off field problems. A medium-sized forward, Johnson is renowned for his freakish ability on the field, where he has consistently wowed fans with his penchant for extraordinary goals.
Johnson was suspended by his club for the first 5 matches of 2007 after he was arrested for public drunkenness in Wangaratta on December 24th 2006. He returned in round 6 against Richmond where he went on to contribute 21 possessions and kick 2 goals in a match Geelong convincingly won by 157 points. He has since gone on to post career-best numbers across the board, capped off by
All-Australianselection on the half-forward flank in September, 2007.
His 2007 season was capped off when Johnson lead the Cats to victory in the Grand Final, collecting a premiership medallion, and winning the
Norm Smith Medalfor best on ground in the Grand Final. Johnson was hailed as a feel good story for the year, with a good example of a player reforming after disciplinary action.
Early in 2008 however, Johnson lost his drivers' license and was sentenced to 50 hours working with the TAC after he was clocked in over 70 km's over the speed limit in a 50 zone. Teammate
Shannon Byrneswas in the car at the time.
He had yet another stellar season, kicking 49 home-and-away season goals and earning a spot on the forward flank in the
All-Australianteam of 2008. He gathered 34 disposals in the Cats' Grand Final loss to Hawthorn.
List of Australian rules football incidents
* [http://geelong.keldar.net/Articles/02012007_1.php STEVE JOHNSON DRUNK AGAIN (2 January, 2007)]
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