Angus Brayshaw has been lauded for his courageous mark in the third quarter that helped the Demons regain control of a Grand Final that seemed to be slipping away.
Brayshaw was critical in a 10-minute period that saw Melbourne work their way back into the game and eventually blast the Bulldogs out of the water to win their first premiership in 57 years.
The hardened midfielder has battled with concussion issues throughout his career making the decision to dive headfirst for the footy all the more brave.
Brisbane legend Jonathan Brown was full of praise for Brayshaw and his efforts in the third quarter.
“One of the most courageous acts I’ve seen on a footy field,” Brown said on Fox Footy.
“Dived into only where angels fear to tread. I just thought it was unbelievable, great show of courage. That’s why you’re a deserved premiership winner now mate.”
Brayshaw has found himself on the wing throughout 2021 after he finished third in the Brownlow Medal as an on-baller in 2018.
He also showed his ability to adapt as he was able to not only get forward and hit the scoreboard, but he was also able to get back ab influence important contests in defence.
The 25-year-old said that he was happy to fulfil a role for the team on such an important day.
“For me all year it’s been about what’s best for the team”, Brayshaw said.
“I’m happy to do whatever it takes for the team to win. I just left it all out there tonight.
“I put a lot of work into my goalkicking and it hasn’t been coming. I kicked that one tonight (and) it meant a lot to me.”