Isaac Smith

AFL Legend. Norm Smith Medallist. Four-time Premiership player

Originally from Cootamundra, South Western NSW, Isaac Smith is a former Australian Rules (AFL) footballer who played for the Hawthorn Football Club and Geelong Football Club from 2011 until 2023.

Isaac had a meteoric rise from local football star to one of the most successful premiership players of all time. Relatively unknown and initially overlooked as a draft prospect at 18 years of age, Isaac was invited to play with the North Ballarat Roosters VFL team in 2010. By the end of that season at the age of 21, Isaac was selected by Hawthorn at pick #19 in the draft.

Over the course of the next 13 years, Isaac built one of the most successful playing resumes of the modern era. He played 280 games, achieved 4x AFL Premierships (three with Hawthorn and one with Geelong), and a Norm Smith Medal (the best player in the 2022 AFL Grand Final). A running machine, Isaac relied on his endurance, speed and foot skills rather than strength or size in his playing career. He was a much admired and respected team player.

After retiring at the end of 2023, Isaac is now exploring life after football and enjoying time at home with his family – wife Candice and two young children. Combining his qualifications (a degree in Sports Management as well as a Masters of Business Administration) and passion for sport, Issac has quickly become an important member of the football media world, taking on roles with Triple MMM and AFL Media. His intellect, football knowledge, wit and engaging personality have quickly made him a fan favourite.


  • 4× AFL premiership player: 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2022
  • Norm Smith Medal, 2022
  • Hawthorn Life Member, 2024
  • 280 AFL games
  • Hawthorn Football Club vice-captain: 2017–2019
  • AFL All-Stars team, 2020