Philly McMahon said he father was at Croke Park in spirit on Sunday as Dublin won a fourth All-Ireland in a row.
The Dublin defender's father, Phil, passed away earlier this summer after a battle with stomach cancer. He had been diagnosed during last year's championship.
"These lads gave me a gift last year, my Da seeing me win the All-Ireland," McMahon told Sky Sports.
He was here in spirit today and there's plenty of people that are not here who would have loved to be here to watch it. We're just grateful for what we have.
Sunday's victory was McMahon's sixth in an All-Ireland final.
"Ah yeah, how could you not enjoy this?" responded McMahon when asked if it feels as good as ever.
"The big word for us this year was gratitude. There's people in this stadium that probably won't see an All-Ireland again. It's just great to give a bit of happiness to people.
"These fans travel all over the country and we just love this. We always said, it's not going to be around forever so we might as well enjoy it while we have it."