Gary Ablett last night joined the all-time greats by winning his second Brownlow Medal.
The Gold Coast captain went into the count as the clear favourite and polled 28 votes to win by one from Geelong captain Joel Selwood.
Collingwood's Dane Swan finished third on 26.
Ablett first won the Brownlow in 2009 and became the 14th player to win the highest individual honour more than once.
Ablett has dominated the AFL for many years. He has won five best and fairests, five AFLPA MVP awards and been named All-Australian seven times.
But he still refuses to accept that he is better than his famous father Gary senior.
"There shouldn't be any comparison," Ablett said.
"In my opinion my old man is the best player to play the game and should have won a Brownlow."
It was the seventh year in a row that Ablett had polled at least 20 votes. He didn't poll in four of the last five rounds but a dominant performance in round 23 earned him three votes and the medal.
Ablett thanked God in his acceptance speech and at 29 is the oldest winner since Nathan Buckley in 2003.
Only five men have won Brownlows at two clubs and the AFL will now be in the historic position of having three dual Brownlow medallists - Ablett, Chris Judd and Adam Goodes - all playing next year.
There were questions whether Ablett could dominate on the Gold Coast after leaving Geelong, but he has taken his game to another level.
"When I heard that, it was a bit hurtful and it drove me to prove people wrong," he said.
Ablett polled in 13 matches, and was voted best-on-ground seven times.
He was surprised to get votes against Richmond and Carlton in rounds 16 and 18.
He averaged 31 possessions and more than one goal from 21 games.
Geelong star Steve Johnson, who was ineligible, threatened to poll the most votes. He finished with 25.
In a thrilling finish to the count, heading into the last round Ablett, Swan or Selwood could have won.
Ablett lost his lead to Selwood in round 21 but scored three votes in the final round for 33 disposals and four goals against GWS.
Ablett said he wished he had tied with Selwood.
"I was shattered when I got the three. Joel deserves to be up here just as much as I do," he said.
Hawthorn star Sam Mitchell was sensationally backed from $21 into $6.50 third favourite, but polled just 16 votes."I was shattered when I got the three. Joel deserves to be up here just as much as I do." " Brownlow medallist *Gary Ablett *