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Ó Sé meets O'Shea: Jacko on his formative years, Kerry's dominance, and why giving up the drink prolonged his career

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Kerry legends Tomás Ó Sé and Jack O'Shea. Pic: Mark Condren

Kerry legends Tomás Ó Sé and Jack O'Shea. Pic: Mark Condren

Kerry legends Tomás Ó Sé and Jack O'Shea. Pic: Mark Condren

When I was asked to interview stars from different sports for this series, I wanted two things. Firstly, that the first man would be a football man; and secondly that it would be Jack O’Shea.

He epitomised Kerry football when I was a young fella and does still – that confidence and swagger without being disrespectful. The humility in defeat. The way the Kerry jersey was put before all else.

He was the best footballer in the greatest of all teams. He ran the show for that Kerry team.