In a sparkling playing career spanning 13 seasons, few players in the AFL measure to Nathan Brown when it came to pure footballing skills, spearheaded by a deadly accurate left foot. Retiring from AFL at the end of 2009, Brown began building on his already successful media career.
A long-time panellist on The Footy Show on the Nine Network, Brown joined the Sunday Footy Show line-up permanently in 2010. He has continued his relationships with Austereo, as part of Triple M’s AFL coverage and as a regular guest on The Rush Hour with Billy Brownless and James Brayshaw. In 2012, Brown joined with sports broadcaster Mark Howard to host Saturday morning show Dead Set Legends on the station.
Brown’s journey to the AFL started with the Bendigo Pioneers in the TAC Cup, winning the Morrish Medal in 1996. The Western Bulldogs made Brown their first selection, pick 10 overall, at the 1996 National Draft. By 2000, Brown had well and truly become a star, finishing runner-up in the Bulldogs Best and Fairest and representing both Victoria and Australia. In search of a new challenge, Brown was traded to Richmond prior to the start of the 2004 season and quickly become a fan favourite at Punt Road.
A competitive sportsman with a passion for fast cars, Brown is tipped to prove tough competition in the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge.
ZoomZoom describes the ultimate feeling of freedom behind the wheel and driving exuberance. Tell us about your favourite ZoomZoom moment?
I did a quick lap with Mark Skaife many years ago and it was incredible.
What does racing in the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge mean to you and what are you looking forward to most?
I am mostly looking forward to beating (Triple M colleague) Luke Darcy’s poor performance and not rolling my car.
How do you think you’ll go in the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge? What are you expectations?
I love driving fast but have never raced before so as long as I don’t finish dead last I’ll be happy.
Do you know anyone that has competed in the Celebrity Challenge before? If yes what advice has they provided?
My mate Luke Darcy competed in 2008 but as he rolled his car he isn’t exactly in the position to give me advice.
Do you follow Formula One? What’s your favourite memory or experience?
My favourite Formula One memory is Mark Webber’s fifth place all those year’s back in 2002. It was great to see a virtually unknown Australian do so well and become a household name.