Tom Parsons received a standing ovation as he entered the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick today.
Parsons, who suffered a dislocated knee in Mayo's Connacht Senior Football Championship defeat to Galway, fist pumped the crowd as he hobbled in front of the stand leaning on his crutch.
Parsons' injury was met with sympathy from GAA fans from every county, all of whom would hope for a quick recovery. Limerick fans joined those who made the journey from Mayo to offer their well-wishes before the sides' qualifier clash.
While he is not expected to return to action this year, Parsons said earlier in the year that he is confident of a 2019 return to the Championship. His injury made headlines for its disturbing appearance but Parsons has remained as optimistic as he always is.
After the injury that Parsons described on radio as "excruciating", he took to twitter to thank everyone for their support.
"Teammates, Opponents, Supporters, and all you GAA people," he said.
"THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all the Messages of support and Best Wishes at a rough time.
"My Comeback will be Stronger than my Setback."