Goddard capped a strong debut season at the Bombers by winning their best and fairest award.
The 28-year-old was a massive signing for Essendon late last year under the new free agency provision.
The star midfielder played all 22 games this season and polled 431 votes to win the Crichton Medal.
This is the first time Goddard, a two-time All-Australian at St Kilda, has won a club best and fairest award.
Goddard said he has had no second thoughts about the move, despite walking into a club that was soon in crisis.
Essendon were kicked out of the finals because of their supplements scandal and coach James Hird was suspended for 12 months among severe penalties from the AFL.
Goddard became emotional in his acceptance speech as he thanked his family.
He also said he did not join Essendon for personal honours.
"I don't have any regrets about coming to this footy club," Goddard said.
"I believe this team can achieve greatness.
"I believe this club can not only challenge for top four, we've got to start talking about premierships."
Captain Jobe Watson, who has won the medal three times in the last four years, was second on 382.
Watson, last year's Brownlow Medallist, missed three games late in the season with a broken collarbone.
But Goddard was already leading the club medal voting by the time Watson was sidelined.
Fellow onballer Dyson Heppell finished in the top three for a second-straight season, polling 336.
Heppell also won the best clubman award, now named after the late Bruce Heymanson - a former Essendon No.1 ticket holder.
Meanwhile leading Essendon goalkicker Crameri was a notable absentee from the awards night amid strong speculation he is headed to the Western Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs are desperate to beef up their attack and have made a big offer for Crameri, who topped Essendon's goalkicking this season.
Essendon senior assistant coach Mark Thompson remains hopeful that Crameri will turn down the Bulldogs' offer.
"We're going to go around to his house every day," Thompson said of himself and fellow assistant coach Simon Goodwin.
"We want to get him to stay.
"Stewie was a little bit outside where we wanted to pay him, unfortunately, but the Bulldogs wanted to pay him a lot of money."
Speaking at the club's best and fairest function on Wednesday night, Thompson said former Bulldogs fullback Brian Lake was an example of a player who took less money in his search for success.
Last Saturday, Lake won the North Smith Medal for best afield as Hawthorn beat Fremantle in the grand final.
Lake crossed from the Bulldogs to the Hawks after last season.
"In the end, you can have as much money as you want," Thompson said.
"But you play this game for one reason and that's to win premierships."