JEREMY WILSON: G’Day Steve. Congratulations on reaching 200 games with Geelong. You must feel pretty good about the milestone.
STEVE JOHNSON: I am very honored. It’s been a long time coming I guess. A lot of the guys I started with have reached 200 games in the last year or so but it’s been a bit longer for me due to injury and a few misdemeanours along the way. But I’m finally here and I feel very privileged.
JW: Wangaratta has produced a number of outstanding VFL/AFL players but from our research we believe you are the first to have played 200 games. How does that make you feel?
SJ: I feel very fortunate to have had a long career in the AFL – it was something I dreamed about as a kid. As a kid I used to go up to the Wangaratta Magpies clubrooms and look at the names on the 200 game board. Guys like Brett Keir and Chris Crimmins were up there and I thought I’d love to play 200 games for Wangaratta one day. To play 200 games in the AFL with Geelong, I certainly count myself very lucky.
JW: Growing up in Wangaratta were you mad about all sports or was football your one and only focus?
SJ: I played just about every sport growing up. I played a lot of basketball with Gotsims, tennis at the lawn and golf in the summer. I would play golf in the afternoon and cricket in the morning. But football was what I was always best at and was what I was passionate about.