Dublin's Paul Flynn described his second All-Ireland Football title medal as "surreal" after their 2-12 to 1-14 win over Mayo in Croke Park.
The Dubs hung on for a one-point win over Mayo in a game not rich in quality but it was one of the most bruising and physical finals in memory.
Flynn said: "It is a bit surreal at the minute. I'm so tired I can't even think straight. I'm so happy. You win one and you think that's all you ever want in life.
"To go on and be able to work hard and get a bunch of lads to push each other to the limit every training session, and come out and get that performance against a cracking Mayo team, it was just one of those years.
"We did it the hard way. We played all the top teams. It was amazing.
"I want to thank every member of the team and the management team for all the hard work that was put in during the year.
"We played to the final minute and as long as we are up at the end, we don't care what it is at half-time. We just keep working hard."