Former #4 Jobe Watson - PAPA!


#5365

Ditto. Lots of flippant remarks.


#5366

It’s a bit kind to call the AFL a skanky ■■■■■.


#5367

Jobe Watson - champion player, champion person. Great to the very end - he knew when to call it quits.

Remember, he actually WON the Brownlow in 2012. After the travesty of the ban, without a single positive drug test, the arseholes at the AFL decided he didn’t deserve it. What a joke!

He has been treated disgracefully. His qualities will remain in every true football follower’s hearts, long after all the other moral midgets have been forgotten.


#5368

Best captain off the field we have ever had


#5369

So many great players leaving the game this year. He can certainly hold his head high in that company. Well done Jobe.


#5370

His dad is #5 or #6, and only someone who never saw Tim play would say Jobe is better than Tim.


#5371

No doubt about it.


#5372

I’m not implying that he was a better footballer, I’m just saying that his leadership during those 4 years would put him right up there.


#5373

The grammar master has trouble with comprehension.


#5374

Hope he tears adelaide a new one


#5375

Jobe… you are a champion in every aspect.
Thank you so much for everything you have done for the club I love


#5376

I reckon he played this year at least in part for others. Thats not least of all the debts the club -and by extension us supporters - owe him.

A legendary bloke.


#5377

Now he deserves a premiership even though you have no respect for him. I couldn’t give a stuff if he announced he was moving to Nth Korea and pushing the button, he gave his career to this cub, received more boos and jeers than Goodes and is more a warrior than us with a keyboard. All class and deserves more respect than any other person at the Essendon Football Club imo.


#5378

Here’s to Jobe. Always the 2012 Brownlow winner in my book. I still wear his dad’s number on my jumper. Is a central part of the fabric of the club. Hope he doesn’t enjoy overseas too much for too long because we want him here! It is a shame that he can’t be on the playing list for our 17th A/VFL flag, but he has had a big part in the setup for it.

4 Watson forever


#5379

I can’t think of anything more to add, so many words that have already been posted apart from

I/we love you Jobe and wish you all the very best, soon you will be off to the the City of Dreams and I hope all your dreams come true.

thought this worth posting

Russell Gould, Herald Sun

Why Essendon fans will always love Jobe Watson

JOBE Watson was a slow burn, but then he lit up, and left an indelible imprint on Essendon fans, and the football world, for more reasons than mere playing ability alone.

He was Tim Watson’s son, another club legend, which immediately brought him support and a bit of pressure of course.

Never in football have there been two more identical father-son selections in the way they walk, talk, look, run and as his career blossomed Jobe, like his dad, became that sort of guy you’d be happy for your daughter to marry.

Jobe was “a bit fat” when he first arrived at Bomberland as a schoolboy punt by then Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy and played just eight games in his first three seasons at the club, most of them as a forward.

Then at the end of 2005, after those three-middling years, Jobe wised up, dropped weight, and as the kilos came off the footballer, and person, Watson was born to be emerged.

In the middle of that conversion was Tim. A heart to heart with his dad got Jobe going again, and for that Essendon fans will be forever faithful.

Slowly but surely, Jobe became a midfield mainstay, and amid a torrid time at the club, after Sheedy was sacked, then Matthew Knights too, Watson’s capacity for calm and clarity grew, and he was made captain.

He won the Brownlow and his only club best and fairest in 2012, his second season as captain. Watson had gone from the pudgy school kid plenty thought had got a free run because of his name, to an elite AFL footballer.

Respect surged, he was a presence for the Bombers as captain, a true leader, ready to take Essendon towards another period of success.

Then you know what happened, and the bottom dropped out of the Bombers’ world.

It was the ultimate test and no-one knew what to expect.

And despite everything he had already done, the next period of Jobe’s life only enhanced his standing in football, among Essendon fans at least, forever.
His stoicism and leadership during the absolute darkest period of the club’s rich, success-laden history, a period full of tumult which seemed endless from that day in 2013 when it first surfaced and really hasn’t gone away, endeared Jobe not only to the Essendon faithful, but cemented his class to the football world.

The critics were hard, boy were they hard, and personal too. That criticism will never really dissipate either, given the rousing passion the saga brought to the surface for Bomber haters who have more fuel than they would ever need to rip into the club.
Those haters got another win when Jobe lost his Brownlow too, which gave them some sort of perverse satisfaction above and beyond the abject humiliation all the banned Bombers were forced to endure, rightly or wrongly. They called him a cheat, often, and loudly.

But even in their quiet moments, those detractors, who booed him and jeered him, would have to give Jobe a subtle nod, an unsaid slap on the back and think to themselves “Geez, he handled that all well, didn’t he?”.

Jobe never bit back with a wagging accusatory finger, never asked for sympathy either.

When he could, he just got on with the job.

At what seemed the saga’s conclusion, Jobe finally stepped up to the microphone, declared he and his teammates had done nothing wrong, and even claimed a victory when an AFL tribunal agreed.

His only fault during that intense, angst-filled environment could have been the double-denim ensemble he chose to wear when, for the only time, he took the moral high ground.

It proved however to be just the middle-stop in a fight that went on and on, cost him a year out of the game, in his prime too, when Jobe was a legitimate elite player week on week, a go and go again player who had that little bit of enigma about him.

He was a run and run midfielder who could find the ball at will, but just on that odd occasion would give us a little “did you see that” moment of something only the special players could do.

That all disappeared as the world then crashed in around him, and his teammates, again. The ban he thought wouldn’t come, hit him like a sledgehammer.

It was gruelling to see that light Jobe had, and that curled lip smile in the face of constant questions, disappear when he was banned for 12 months, then the battle over his Brownlow went troppo.

The two biggest victims of Essendon’s doping saga were, without a shadow of a doubt, James Hird and Jobe Watson.

Hird’s breakdown was scary, and public too.

Jobe’s has been sad.
He returned to playing, but that spark was gone. It was work, not fun, you could just tell his heart wasn’t really in it, as much as he wanted it to be.

But we Essendon supporters won’t hold it against him, not one little bit.

Jobe may not have been the best player the Bombers ever had, but when the world closed in on Essendon he showed what a great person he is.

That’s his legacy, and will never, ever be forgotten.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/teams/essendon/why-essendon-fans-will-always-love-jobe-watson/news-story/1fb3b7247e76541d122fe48aa23e01ea


#5380

They can take his brownlow but they can never take his legacy.


#5381

■■■■ robbo, hes such a lecherous grub.

only wants his alcohol addled slurred indignant soapbox on 360 pretending to want to show the ‘human angle’ while dragging everyone he talks to through mud and looks like hes pining for his next bottle of vodka and pack of whinnie blues.

■■■■ off you cretin.


#5382

Imagine if there was no saga - I wonder how his career would have finished up. Might have maintained that peak form for longer and dropped off a lot slower.

It’s really really ■■■■■■■ sad. I’m honestly devastated but not for me one bit - just purely for him and how it’s affected his life. Poor fkn guy.


#5383

I’m the opposite.
He seems happy and accepting and comfortable with things.
And it looks like he has a great future ahead of him.

I don’t feel like I need to say poor fkn guy.
The sadness I feel is kinda selfish.


#5384

When I look at him I see a kinda broken guy who’s decided to go and make coffees in NYC cos the sport he and his family loved chewed him up and spit him out. Almost like Will Hunting.

But I could - and probably am - casting my own bitterness onto him. Who really knows what he feels.