"One of the best players I've ever seen and one of the best players I've ever played against."
The words of double All-Ireland winner Ger Brennan who, despite being on the wrong end of Colm Cooper's gaelic football genius once or twice, spoke today about his massive respect for the legendary forward.
Cooper announced his decision to retire from inter-county football after almost two decades turning out for Kerry with whom he won four All-Ireland titles, nine Munsters and four national league titles.
He also won an incredible eight All-Star awards and most recently won what was looking like an ever-elusive All-Ireland senior club title with Dr Crokes.
Brennan held his hands up today as he recalled what is regarded by some as the greatest football match ever played - the 2013 All-Ireland semi-final.
The then Dubs first-choice centre-back was given a big responsibility, with the magician from Killarney playing in a deeper role.
"2013 All-Ireland semi-final, I was given the job of man-marking him", Brennan told 98FM Sport today.
"He was playing centre-forward and I was taken off at half-time! Every run he made, I kinda knew what he was going to do. I consider myself an intuitive kind of player and I would do my bit of homework as well."
Ger Brennan 'tackles' Colm Cooper during the 2013 All-Ireland Senior Football semi-final - ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Brennan laughs as he wonders where his half-backs James McCarthy and Jack McCaffrey where on the day but he agrees with the suggestion that Cooper was like the conductor of the Kerry orchestra in that famous clash at Croker."In 2011, we were more used to seeing him inside, in the full-forward line. He began to come out then a bit in the latter years of his career and orchestrate things from further out the field.
"In that particular game in 2013, that semi-final, the first-half, some of the balls he played through, even with men on him - we doubled up on him a few times as well and he was still able to find that little hole in the needle and just thread everything through seamlessly."
Brennan feels tiredness got to the great man in the end but admits that in the first-half of the unforgettable clash between the old rivals he was "mesmerizing".
Ger Brennan was chatting to 98FM Sport's Stephen Doyle on 98FM's Dublin GAA podcast On The Hill which will be out for listening on Thursday ahead of the Allianz League Division One final between Dublin and Kerry.