THEY say you can never come back, but they didn't say it to Brian Mullins.
The engine room of Kevin Heffernan's Dublin side which changed the face of football in the 1970s, Mullins was injured in what should have been a career-ending car crash in 1980.
But he recovered from his injuries to once again grace Croke Park with his flowing effortless style that seemed as much in tune with the times as with the blue jersey he wore with such distinction over a remarkable 11 years.
His nine Leinster titles and four All-Irelands tell a tale of success, but consider what he would have achieved if his career had not coincided with such an extraordinary era for Kerry football.
At a time when Gaelic football could boast many greats, Mullins was one of the greatest.