This year is the 50th anniversary of the PwC All-Stars. To mark the milestone, we've convened two expert panels and given them the unenviable task of picking their 15 for 50 - the All-Star team of the All-Stars!
Last week, Anthony Daly, Liam Sheedy, and Anthony Nash chose the greatest All-Star hurling team ever.
The greatest All-Star football team of the last 50 years was chosen by Tyrone great Peter Canavan, Armagh legend Oisín McConville, and Galway All-Ireland winning manager John O'Mahony. The full football team will be unveiled on Friday.
For his half-forward line, Peter Canavan said there was one "automatic" choice: Eight-time Kerry All-Ireland winner Pat Spillane.
"For those that don't remember Pat Spillane playing, he was up and down the pitch," said Canavan.
"He set the mould for the modern wing half-forward in the 1980s. He was tackling, chasing, winning ball, fetching his own ball, and kicking massive points when Kerry most needed them. That's why he's got nine All-Stars. Pat would probably be the first to tell you that he's got nine All-Stars."
The contenders for Canavan's other wing-forward spot included Tyrone teammate Brian Dooher, Kerry great Maurice Fitzgerald, Dublin's Paul Flynn and two-time Footballer of the Year, Trevor Giles of Meath.
Canavan opted for the Meathman.
"Would Meath have won those All-Irelands without him? Absolutely not," said Canavan.
"He brought a cleverness, a thought process to the game, he was able to win his own ball, set up the inside men time and time again with precision passes. He was a score taker, a finisher."
Canavan named Down's Greg Blaney and Dublin's Ciaran Kilkenny as options for the centre-forward spot, but chose Cork great Larry Tompkins.
"A natural centre-half forward to me was Larry Tompkins," said Canavan.
"He had the ability to do everything, pushed himself through the pain barrier. Would Cork have won those All-Irelands without Larry Tompkins? Categorically, definitely not. He was unmarkable for a few years. His free-taking, scores from play, points in those All-Ireland finals."
Last week we brought you the @PwCIreland All-Stars "15 for 50" hurling XV, this week it's the gaelic football XV.
Ahead of the release of the full team on Friday, have a look at who Peter Canavan has in his half forward line.#PwCAllStars #15For50 pic.twitter.com/gpuKsvBgU1
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