Amazing the lack of respect here for Hodge. Clearly he had his faults but he was an amazing leader who stood up in big games. Not sure what else you want from a footballer. We would all have absolutely loved him if he wore red and black. His issues off field and even on field should do nothing to diminish his standing in the game. As has been bandied around he will deservingly go straight into the Hall of Fame.
In saying that one of my favourite nights of footy was a 2009 match where we belted them - despite Buddy getting his token 5 against us. They were coming off a premiership and the lack of respect they showed towards us that night was non-existent. It was best highlighted by the defensive forward role Monfries played on Hodge. Over 50,000 were there to see Gus have 22 touches and kick 2 while Hodge only had 11 disposals. Remember it so well as I highlighted to a poo and wee supporter everytime Gus did something! Fair to say I went home smiling!!