Voss is considered one of the greatest players of all time, having been a triple premiership captain with the Brisbane Lions. He was also the first Brisbane player to win the Brownlow Medal, which is considered the game’s most prestigious individual award, won the Leigh Matthews Trophy for the league’s most valued player, and has been inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame. Additionally, he represented Australia in the 2006 International Rules Series. As a player, he was noted for his fearless play, inspirational leadership, and the ability to turn a game.
Voss was born in Traralgon, Victoria and lived as a child in Orbost until the age of 11, when he moved with his family to Beenleigh in Logan, Queensland. Voss attended Trinity College during his high school years in Queensland. His younger brother Brett also played for the Brisbane Lions before transferring to St Kilda Football Club to enhance his opportunities to play senior football.
Voss’ football skills were excellent from an early age. He made his senior debut for Morningside in the QAFL at the age of 15 years. A year later he kicked 14 goals for Queensland in an under-17 representative match, before eventually winning the Hunter-Harrison Medal for the tournament.
Voss grew up supporting the Carlton Football Club.
Although highly skilled, he was also slight, but worked to get the most out of his body. By 1996 he was one of the most accomplished players in the competition, and at the end of the season he shared the Brownlow Medal, the game’s highest individual honour, with James Hird.
At the end of 1996, following the merger of the Fitzroy Football Club and the Brisbane Bears, Voss and teammate Alastair Lynch were named as inaugural co-captains of the newly formed Brisbane Lions. Voss would go on to become regarded as one of the greatest captains in Australian football history.
In 1998 Voss suffered a catastrophic injury while contesting a mark at Subiaco Oval in Perth in a match against Fremantle. He collided with the Dockers Shane Parker and broke his lower leg in half. The subsequent operation was at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and it was a year before he was fit and in training to play again. This injury, along with the destabilisation caused by the merger of Fitzroy and the Bears was a key factor in the Brisbane Lions finishing 16th (last) with a 5-1-16 record.