Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin is an AFL superstar. With three Coleman medals, two premierships, five time all-Australian team member and recipient of the Peter Crimmins medal under his belt it’s easy to see why he’s referred to as the most exciting footballer of his generation. Lance’s professional AFL career started when he was drafted to Hawthorn Football in the 2004 national draft. Debuting in the first round of the 2005 season, Lance showed a strong presence up forward and played 20 out of 22 games, kicking 27 goals. From there Lance continued to work hard on his game and in 2008 established himself as one of the elite players in the competition. In this career-best season, Lance won his first Coleman Medal, kicked his 100th goal (first player of Aboriginal descent) and, in an already stellar year, went onto win the premiership with Hawthorn. The wins didn’t stop there with Lance named, in his first ever selection, full-forward in the All-Australian Team and recipient of the Peter Crimmins medal for his outstanding season.