In a year full of adversity for the Lions, Mitch Robinson was the human wrecking ball that inspired an energy lift time and time again for Brisbane.
The 32-year-old turned back the clock in 2021, holding down his spot on the wing until a niggling calf ruled him out for two weeks toward the end of the season.
The battering ram was prolific around the contest as he continued to put his body on the line while averaging 19.5 disposals a game.
His spectacular tackling efforts have become a trademark of his game, as seen in Round 10 when he courageously took on Dustin Martin, copping the brunt of the rampaging Brownlow Medallist to then be awarded with a holding the ball call.
But it was the midfielder’s aerial abilities that really caught Lions fans off-guard in 2021.
Averaging 4.5 marks a game, including a career-high 12 against GWS in Round 11, ‘Robbo’ became a threat in the air, adding another dynamic weapon to his already tough arsenal.
While his on-field efforts spoke for themselves, Robinson was also quite the talking point off-field.
The Coles Fan Awarded ‘Social Superstar’ enjoyed plenty of hilarious moments in front of Lions Media cameras, including an extraordinary, failed launch over Chris Fagan at training, sending our head coach hurdling toward the ground.
The antics continued in the teams Perth hub, as Robbo ran became quite the character in the gym.
Standout performance: Robbo steps up in Sir Doug Nicholls Round
In an incredible day at the Gabba, Round 11 saw Sir Doug Nicholls Round reach new heights as the Brisbane Lions hosted GWS in a Saturday afternoon spectacle.
The stage was set early as Charlie Cameron, Cal Ah Chee and Keidean Coleman led the Lions out of the race, performing a traditional dance, while Robinson ran out hand-in-hand with his son, Chance.
Robbo would finish the game with 30 disposals, 12 marks and a bag of 4 goals as he inspired his team to a 64-point win.
The best of those goals, coming on the three-quarter time siren, where Robinson launched a drop punt from outside 50, receiving a standing ovation from the home crowd.
Disposals - 19.5
Disposal Efficiency - 67.4%
Score Involvements - 4.5
Marks - 4.5
Tackles - 2.9