Hawthorn AFL player Luke Hodge has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame following a drink driving offence in 2015.
The Hawks legend was also recently suspended from first grade, by his own teammates, for failing to attend a training session without a legitimate reason – or a note from his mum.
The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. Kiwi international and Sydney Roosters player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while Corey Norman from the Parramatta Eels won in 2016.
The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame honours former players and players who received media attention in previous seasons, for similarly scandalous behaviour, and its inductees include Ben Cousins and Todd Carney.
While Hodge sits out the early stages of the AFL regular season, he can reflect on his ‘stupid error’ and his chances of entering The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.
First published in March 2017.