The country is in mourning following the announcement that 346 game veteran, Luke Hodge has finally retired from the AFL.
Hodge’s supporters, as well as any Australian with a beating heart have been left feeling distraught as the battler put a pin in a career that clearly fell short of the mark.
“People throw around the word tragedy a bit too often these days, but it feels like an understatement today” a fan told Seems Legit.
“For Hodgey to have given everything he possibly could to the game without ever tasting the success of a fifth flag, it’s just heartbreaking”.
There was no press conference, teammates carrying him off, or any of the fanfare you’d usually expect for such a long tenured player, and it’s pretty obvious why.
Seems Legit understands that Hodge is so embarrassed about his lack of a fifth premiership, that he didn’t want to alert the media, or even tell his teammates about his retirement.
“It’s not something I like to talk about” Hodge revealed to Seems Legit while holding back tears.
“I certainly gave it my best shot, but I guess it just wasn’t enough to get the fifth flag that would have made my career a success.
“And it’s not just that, I mean, I couldn’t even get a third Norm Smith Medal either.
“Even a hack like Gary Ayres has two of them, I’m going to have to live with that shame for the rest of my life now”.
It’s understood that Hodge has since lost his role as a spokesman for meal delivery company, Lite n’ Easy as their legal department advised that it wasn’t accurate to describe Hodge’s use of their products as a ‘success story’.
Luke Hodge Career
*Number 1 Draft Pick, 2001
*Only 4 Premierships
*Only 2 Norm Smith Medals
*6358 Lite n’ Easy Meals