Colm Cooper has called time on his inter-county career after 17 exceptional seasons representing the Kingdom.
“It has been an amazing journey and one that I never wanted to end, however, I feel that this is the right time for me step away from inter county football,” Cooper said in a statement.
The news was widely expected but football fans still struggled to accept that Gooch’s Kerry playing days were truly at an end.
Wouldn't it be great if Colm Cooper sold one last dummy and didn't retire today 😂— Sylvester Hennessy (@Slyone1069) April 4, 2017
Sportsfile, who have chronicled Cooper’s career over the years, shared an image of a fresh-faced Colm in his early days.
An even younger Colm featured in a tweet suggesting the origins of his famous nickname.
But mostly people just wanted to pay tribute to his tremendous talent on the field.
"He (Colm Cooper) was so elusive he was unreal" - just off the phone to Mick O'Dwyer. #GAA— John Fogarty (@JohnFogartyIrl) April 4, 2017