Sunday 18 November 2018

Quiet hero played game like his life

John Egan played on, and sometimes captained, the most star-spangled Gaelic football teams ever fielded by Kerry -- one might say, by any county.

Yet his name does not spring readily to the lips of those fans, young and old, who can rattle off the list: Jack O'Shea, Eoin Liston, Pat Spillane, Mike Sheehy . . .

But perhaps that was part of his genius and will be part of his legacy. Nobody recognised his worth better than his famous team-mates. Yesterday, though shocked by the news of his death aged 59, they rallied to stress his importance to the team and call him "the best corner-forward ever".

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