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The Gooch’s Influence On The Game Summed Up By All-Embracing Reaction To His Retirement

GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 28/8/2016 Dublin vs Kerry Kerry’s Colm Cooper Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

The inter-county retirement of Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper at the age of 33 might not have come as a shock to most, but the outpouring of support since has nonetheless been widespread. 

The Gooch won nine Munster titles, five All-Irelands, four National Football Leagues, eight All Stars and is Kerry’s record scorer in championship competition having amassed a stunning 23-283 over a 14-year career.

With his club he won six Kerry titles, five Munster Championships and capped it all off with the club All-Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day this year. After winning just about every title the game has to offer a player of his stature, there simply was nothing left to achieve for the Dr. Croke’s man.

That said, the announcement today did catch some off guard, and they have taken to Twitter in their droves to pay tribute to the man now being dubbed the greatest of all time.

Some did not take the news well.

While others looked on the bright side.

More put a bit of added perspective to his accomplishments.

There was even a career change suggested.

Most, though, just revel in what it was: a joy to see the man play.

Put simply…

Eoin Neylon, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.