TONY McLean has been sentenced to three years in jail for his attack on Adam Ford in March last year.
McLean pleaded guilty to the attack and was sentenced in Orange District Court on Thursday.
The Queanbeyan footballer will be behind bars until at least October 2, 2015, with Judge Stephen Norrish handing down on a non-parole period of 18 months.
The decision caps a horrendous week for McLean's family, with his younger brother Jordan - an NRL player with the Melbourne Storm - on Wednesday night suspended for seven games for a tackle on the Newcastle Knight's Alex McKinnon.
The on-field incident gained national attention, with McKinnon immediately hospitalised amid fears of severe spinal injury and potential quadriplegia.