Sunday 11 December 2016

Colm Cooper

Published 01/05/2015 | 00:00

Colm Cooper
Colm Cooper

Less than a minute into his inter-county debut, in a long forgotten Division Two match against Laois in Limerick, Colm Cooper collected the ball on the right sideline and proceeded to waltz past three defenders before planting a shot into the net.

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That was 13 years ago and the Kerry forward was starting as he intended to go on.

Cooper, more than perhaps anyone else on this list, seems animated by the spirit of play.

There is a refreshing joy about the way he plays his chosen sport, a sense of wonder at his own skill and the opportunities Gaelic football offers to display it.

He is the best argument for Gaelic football as a beautiful game. No one is more fun to watch.

Sunday Independent

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