Colm Cooper’s retirement from inter-county football earlier this month had most in the GAA community acknowledging the positive aspects of one of the greats of the game.
However, Joe Brolly, speaking on the Sunday Game two weeks ago, while mentioning how talented Cooper was did have some criticisms of the former Kerry forward.
“My point about him as always been the same,” said Brolly.
“He doesn’t have that sort of warrior personality like a Peter Canavan or a Colm O’Rourke. Boys like that who thrived in adversity.”
With Cooper’s former teammate Tomás Ó Sé sitting beside him on the night as well as ex-Dublin footballer Ciarán Whelan, Brolly had to contend with a significant amount of flak for what were controversial comments about one of the modern day greats of the game.
Another ex-teammate of the Gooch’s, Paul Galvin, has since waded in on the well publicised debate and on Saturday night let Ray D’Arcy know in no uncertain terms how he felt about the RTÉ pundit’s ‘silly’ assessment of the Dr Crokes man.
Sidestepping any prolonged discussion based on Brolly’s remarks, Galvin quickly moved on to say:
“When you’re a genius you don’t need a warrior mentality, and he’s a genius. That old nonsense, there was no need for that old silly stuff.”
Having won ten Munster titles and five All-Ireland’s with Kerry as well as picking up eight All Stars the Gooch will long be remembered as one of the Kerry greats and it is no wonder that players have been so quick to heap praise on him following his retirement, and teammates jumping to his defence.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena