Brogan and Ó Sé studied in NUI Maynooth and lined out on the same Sigerson Cup side before becoming rivals at inter-county level.
“We were good friends then, we’d still be good friends. We’ve often knocked off each other after the championship is over. He’s had an amazing Kerry career. Probably it’s fair to say he’s been the best corner-back of the last 15 years. Can’t think of any much better than him.
“He’s 35, 36 now so probably time, all good things come to an end at some stage. He’ll be sorely missed down in Kerry. I suppose he’s the last association of the Ó Sés with that great Kerry team. They’ll be sorry to see him go.”
On the pitch, Ó Sé was more closely acquainted in recent years with Brogan’s younger brother Bernard who yesterday tweeted along with photographs of the pair: “Great battles over the years! One of the greatest of all time, my arch nemesis and good friend! Enjoy the retirement @osemarc2.”
Alan was surprised Ó Sé never played further out the field. “I think he’d a couple stints at wing-back over the years. I think if you asked him, he would have liked to get out to wing-back more than he actually did. But I suppose he was doing such a good job as a man-marking corner-back, he generally got stuck with that role.
“But I think as the years went on, I was surprised you didn’t see more of him out there, particularly with the way Kerry started to play the last year or two with a sweeper sitting off because he was very good from an offensive point of view.”