Jonathon Brown’s daughter Olivia stole the show at the Brisbane Lions great’s induction into the Australian Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday night, gasping in amazement at her old man’s handiwork on the field.
The three-time premiership champion for Brisbane was inducted into the hall of fame alongside former teammate and Brownlow medallist Simon Black, as well as St Kilda favourite Lenny Hayes.
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It was 10-year-old Olivia Brown who stole the show however, joining her dad on stage as a highlights package was played to pay tribute to his storied career.
When footage of Brown’s iconic mark going back with the flight of the ball against Hawthorn in 2002 was played, the sheer courageousness it it left Olivia more than impressed.
A later highlight, a goal in the Lions’ 2001 premiership breakthrough against Essendon, won Brown a look of admiration from his daughter.
Olivia joined her father on his regular morning radio show on Nova FM, where she and the rest of the family paid tribute to their Hall of Fame father.
“I’m so proud of everything you’ve achieved throughout your career. And the thing that makes me so proud is that you made it into the AFL Hall of Fame,” Olivia said.
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Despite some reservations over his daughter’s insistence on supporting Carlton, Brown said it was exciting to hear his daughter ask him the same questions about footy he once asked his own father.
“She’s asking all these questions about footy and 30 years ago I was asking Dad the very same questions,” Brown said.
“It feels pretty special that Olivia would look up to me as her hero like I looked up to my father as my hero.
“You never force the kids into doing anything, but for them to take an interest in the game and to have an understanding of what you’ve achieved or what you’ve been a part of is pretty special and something I’m very proud of.”