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Chris Johnson calls it quits


BRISBANE Lions co-captain Chris Johnson has announced his retirement from AFL football after the 2007 season.

Johnson told his Lions team mates of his decision to hang up his boots before training on Friday afternoon.

The 31-year-old, who is the last active AFL footballer to have played for Fitzroy, will line up for his 264th and possibly his last senior match of a decorated 14-year career.

He bows out with a list of accolades that includes three premiership medals in 2001, 2002 and 2003, dual All-Australian selection, International Rules representation and the club captaincy.

Johnson was initially drafted to Fitzroy in 1993 where he made a name for himself as a dangerous small forward.

He led the club’s goal-kicking in 1995 and finished fifth in Fitzroy’s best and fairest award in 1996.

Johnson was then drafted as one of the eight Fitzroy players chosen to be part of the inaugural Brisbane Lions team following the merger in 1996.

He transformed himself from a mercurial forward into a classy small defender in the late 1990s, earning All-Australian honours in a back pocket in 2002 and 2004.

In 2005, Johnson was named in the back pocket of the Indigenous Team of the Century and went on to captain the Indigenous All-Stars at the end of 2005 and 2006.

He also was co-captain of Australia in the 2005 International Rules Series against Ireland.

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