12 Colm Cooper moments that defined an illustrious Kerry career
It's the end of an era. There will never be another Colm Cooper, a man many believe was the most talented inter-county player we have witnessed. Here are 12 defining moments in a glorious career.
2002 - Makes championship debut against Limerick in a Munster quarter-final, scores his first goal championship goal against Fermanagh in a subsequent qualifier, but is on the losing team to Armagh in his first All-Ireland final appearance. Wins the first of eight All-Star awards.
2004 - Wins his first All-Ireland medal, scoring 1-5 – 1-4 from play – against Mayo in the final. Picks up a second All-Star award.
2005 - Involved in his one and only international rules Test, deciding quickly after the trip to Australia, weeks after Kerry had lost the All-Ireland final to Tyrone, that the game wasn’t for him.
2006 - Wins a second All-Ireland medal after beating Mayo in the final and jointly lifts Sam Maguire with Declan O’Sullivan having deputised as captain when O’Sullivan was dropped after the Munster final replay that year.
2007 - All-Ireland medal No 3 comes as Kerry beat Cork in an All-Ireland final for the first time.
2008 - More disappointment against Tyrone as they lose a second All-Ireland final to them.
2009 - Wins the last of his four All-Ireland medals.
2011 - Scores one of his greatest goals in the All-Ireland final against Dublin but, as captain, his disappointment in defeat is compounded.
2013 - Delivers one of his great performances in the first half of the All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin but again, their great rivals prove too strong. Wins the last of his eight All-Star awards.
2014 - Ruptures his cruciate ligament and fractures his knee cap in Dr Crokes’ All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Castlebar Mitchels, threatening to end his career. He joined the match day squad for the All-Ireland final against Donegal but doesn’t consider himself to have five All-Ireland medals.
2015 - Makes it back after a protracted spell out but struggles in the 2015 All-Ireland final, failing to score in a Croke Park championship match for the first time in his career.
2016 - A 14th season (excluding 2014) with Kerry ends with an All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Dublin.