Cotchin said while he is honoured to win the award, he too feels for Jobe Watson.
“I accept the 2012 Brownlow Medal with mixed emotions,” Cotchin said.
“But I also respect the decision of the AFL Commission and the award that is the Brownlow Medal.
“This has been a difficult time for Jobe, but I have great respect for him, and the decision he made in very tough circumstances.”
The AFL Commission yesterday announced that Trent Cotchin and Sam Mitchell, who finished equal second, will be named as the joint winners of the 2012 Brownlow Medal, following Jobe Watson’s 12-month suspension by the World Anti-Doping Agency in relation to the Bombers’ 2012 supplements regime.