Richie Hogan has described the euphoria of winning another All-Ireland Hurling Championship with the Kilkenny this year, the 35th for the county.
In extended interview in which he talks about playing for the Cats, the best game he ever played and much more besides, Hogan said that joy overpowered relief in the immediate aftermath of the end of this year's finale.
He told RTÉ: "The end of a game, the final whistle, is so, so difficult to describe. It is just pure ecstasy for the like of ourselves. It is really what we do it for.
"I remember myself and Michael Fennelly, tipping down the steps, and you just grab the closest fella to you.
"To be honest, you don't know what to do. You just look around and to watch Lester [Ryan] lift the trophy, it is an absolutely huge moment.
"Relief is a big thing, of course it is. But just absolute joy and knowing in that moment yourself that anybody in that stadium would love to be you and be out on that field and really it's what the likes of myself and the other lads do it for."
Hogan is nominated for the RTÉ Sport Sports Person of the Year for 2014.
The RTÉ Sport Awards, in association with The Irish Sports Council, will be broadcast live on RTÉ One on Sunday, 21 December at 9.30pm.
The Cats are also nominated for Team of the Year.