Essendon captain Jobe Watson has won the 2012 Brownlow Medal.
The 27 year old took a big lead early in the count and had it wrapped up with two rounds to spare.
He finished on 30 votes, ahead of Hawthorn's Sam Mitchell and Richmond's Trent Cochin, both with 26 votes.
Watson told Channel Seven a heart to heart conversation with his father Tim at the end of 2005 helped spur him on to become the player he is now.
"Dad said, you know you don't have to do this if you don't want to, at the moment you're not doing much. If you did want to do it, you may as well pull your finger out because it doesn't last forever and so I took the fatherly advice."
For the Crows Scott Thompson ended the count in 4th place with 25 votes, Patrick Dangerfield no far behind on 23 viotes.
Brad Ebert was the best for the Power with 9 votes.
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