I've been scratching my head trying to come up with an opening paragraph for this piece but it's proving very difficult to come up with some superlatives to describe Colm Cooper that have not been used already. Indeed that point has also probably been already made somewhere.
So good at football that he was almost unspectacular, Colm Cooper rarely ever put a foot wrong. That's what made him phenonmenal. He didn't rely on points from 55 yards or big hits to leave his mark. His mark was consistency, decorated with 'How did he do that?' moments of sheer brilliance. The reaction online this morning has of course been one of huge respect.
— Darran O'Sullivan (@Darransull86) April 4, 2017
— Shane Lowry (@ShaneLowryGolf) April 4, 2017
What a footballer The Gooch has been. Unmarkable at his best. The greatest 'Two trick pony' you're ever likely to see... Been a pleasure pic.twitter.com/oqkIiV8ZhO
— Brian O'Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) April 4, 2017
Best wishes Gooch. The best ever. No one that I've seen could lace his boots. And I don't say that lightly. Enjoy retirement my man 🏐👊🏼
— Tomás Ó Sé (@tomas5ky) April 4, 2017
— Hugh Lynn (@lthugh) April 4, 2017
Colm Cooper - the greatest of them all, privilege to see him play.
— Dónal Marah (@donalmarah) April 4, 2017
— John Fogarty (@JohnFogartyIrl) April 4, 2017
Colm Cooper is to Gaelic football what Séamus Heaney is to poetry, really. A deity of his craft. Ptah of the code. Gooch is a true genius
— Peter McNamara (@PeterMcNamara_) April 4, 2017
— Siobhán Doyle (@thekickart) April 4, 2017
— EamonFennell (@EamonFennell) April 4, 2017
The greatest Gaelic player I have ever seen past or present was the Gooch.Pleasure to share a pitch over the years.@colmcooper13
— Conor.mortimer (😷)⚽️ (@Conmort) April 4, 2017
Gooch @colmcooper13 not playing champo for Kerry this year is like Cryuff not playing 1978 World Cup for Holland. Hamlet Without The Prince.
— Joe Ó Muirċeartaiġ (@muirioch) April 4, 2017
— Dr Gavan Ring (@GavanRing) April 4, 2017
Heartbroken,the game will lose a lot of its magic for me .there is nobody with his style and skill .
— Therese kiernan (@Theresekiernan1) April 4, 2017
Dear Colm Cooper.
You were my man of the match.
— judy murray (@JudyMurray) April 24, 2016
It looks like the main man is leaving the scene. What a player. An absolute wizard and the coolest & classiest of them all. @colmcooper13 👏👏
— Steven McDonnell (@StevenMcD13) April 4, 2017