It has taken me a while to compose this post, as l had to read the 400 + posts in this thread before l could offer my thoughts. I felt l had to read them all as a sign of respect for Jobe, but l will not try to reiterate what all those posts have said. The timing of Watson the Younger’s announcement could not be better. With the season on the line this Saturday, he has thrown down the challenge to the rest of the team to lift, it is not too late to achieve major success this season, and carve out a piece of personal glory. I expect the team to rise to this challenge, as Jobe himself as risen to meet the challenges that have confronted him, throughout his career.
His on field leadership is well documented and etched in each of the wins he led the team to. As the off field representative of the team and club, he took it upon his broad shoulders to answer the media in measured terms, and like the way he played the game on the ground, never lost his composure, despite plenty of provocation.
I see our club culture as being in two parts, Part 1. pre – saga, a glorious history. Part 2 Saga and beyond. As others have already alluded to this is where l believe Jobe’s greatest contribution to the club will be recognized. He led the club through its darkest hour, and he did so calmly with composure and integrity. Without his stalwart leadership, the club would be in another, and far darker place. I am of the belief that no one else could have achieved what he did in this most unenviable role, given the unique set of circumstances, not just for our game, but for any sport. For that he fully deserves our thanks. Is it too much of a stretch to claim that he saved Essendon from total annihilation? History will decide that issue. There is no doubt that he has helped put the club on the road to recovery, far quicker than anyone outside of Essendon would ever have expected. l wish him all success in his chosen venture in New York. May his life beyond football give him more joy than the last five or so years have. He deserves happiness, success and our thanks. Well done that Jobewan.