Thursday 14 December 2017

He was the best all-round player in iconic football family

Kerry's Marc O Se lifts the Sam Maguire cup in 2009. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Kerry's Marc O Se lifts the Sam Maguire cup in 2009. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

A glorious footballing family dynasty stretching 42 years came to an end yesterday with the news that Marc Ó Sé has hung up his inter-county boots.

It is really is the end of an era considering that since Páidí came on the scene in 1974, the name Ó Sé has been almost ever-present on Kerry teams up until last month's semi-final defeat to the Dubs.

What they've given as a family to Kerry football, and to football people all over the country, is extraordinary. Individually each of them were phenomenal. They all had something that made them unique, but Marc was the most skilful in my eyes.

He was the best all-round player of them all and that's saying something that among four absolute icons of Kerry football, he was the total package.

The one thing I remember him most for is his dummy solo. For a defender to be selling two or three dummies it was unheard of.


And when he was at his best, he was always put on the best forward and always delivered. A lot of people thought he mightn't have had the aggression and the competitiveness of the others, but by Jesus he had it. He hated to lose, hated the forward to even win the ball.

I remember the first time I saw him wearing the Kerry senior jersey in Austin Stack Park, I saw this slight little fella who I knew was Páidí's nephew but I hadn't seen much of him. He was running on his heels and you'd think you'd blow at him and you'd knock him over.

I remember thinking, 'Isn't that terrible considering what he has to live up to?' But by God my first impressions were so far wide of the mark and what I'll remember most were his battles with Bernard Brogan.

When they were at the peak of their powers, that was worth the entrance fee alone.

Marc has done it all. I couldn't speak highly enough of him.

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