Patrick Dangerfield won the 2016 Brownlow Medal on Monday night with a record 35 votes to surpass Sydney Swan Luke Parker, who finished second with 26 points.
Dangerfield plays for the Geelong Cats and had a great outing in the finals series and the regular season. He broke the record previously held by Dane Swan who in 2011 finished with 34 points.
The Brownlow voting is determined by umpires after each game. Dangerfield was congratulated by his peers and Geelong captain Joel Selwood. Dangerfield paid tribute to 1989 Brownlow medalist and former Geelong Cat, Paul Couch, as well as his former club Adelaide where he played eight seasons.
“You think of the past players to win the medal and what it actually means,” Dangerfield said.
“It didn’t hit me until halfway through the night with the scenes of Paul Couch and the older Geelong players talking about him.
“My mind is racing now, as is my heart, so it’s hard to articulate it properly, but it’s something I’ll look back on with great pride.” – Jesse Mullens
Photo of Patrick Dangerfield with his Brownlow Medal from the AFL Twitter feed.