"It's everything you dream of," an emotional said Seamus Callanan after he had lifted the Liam MacCarthy Cup on the steps of the Hogan Stand.
"Once I had the bit of Irish over at the start, you're relieved.
"It's just so special. I just can't put it into words. Just to be able to walk out in front of this team of lads, it's incredible."
Speaking to Sky Sports on the pitch as Tipp players, backroom staff and fans drank in the All-Ireland victory, Callanan thanked his club.
Drom-Inch, they rowed in behind this so much over the last few weeks. They supported me all my life and I can't thank the people of Drom-Inch enough for having me here on this pitch, and for what they've done for me and my family over the last few weeks. It's been amazing and there will be some scenes when we arrive back tomorrow night.
Asked for one word to describe this Tipp group, the 30-year-old responded: "Dedication."
"I'm just so happy for the dedication of this group that they were rewarded today. That's an extra special group of Tipperary men who have given everything to this jersey.
"Every single one of them bought into it. They're an absolute credit to their families and their parishes."
Callanan described Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy as "an absolute legend".
"The time and the commitment and the leadership he's after giving us, we can't thank him enough. It's been really special and please God we have him for a few more years."