Jack McCaffrey nearly didn't make the Dublin team today after suffering from a gastric bug for the past three days which left him on a drip for a full 24 hours, it has been revealed.
The Dublin wing back was inspirational for the Boys In Blue as Jim Gavin's men secured their third All Ireland title in five years.
But while all the talk this week was of another half back in Cian O'Sullivan who was suffering from a slight hamstring tear, former Dublin manager Paul 'Pillar' Caffrey has revealed that he was amazed McCaffrey made the starting 15.
"Jack McCaffrey was very sick this week and he did phenomenally well to make the pitch at all. He had a gastric bug for the last three days and he was very doubtful. He was actually on a drip for 24 hours so to see what he put in out on that pitch was amazing," said Pillar on the Marty Squad on RTE Radio 1 today.