Kevin Cassidy described Gaoth Dobhair's first Ulster SFC title victory as the "proudest moment of my life".
The 37-year-old Donegal man had announced his retirement two years ago but today he was part of a team that became the first from the county to win the Seamus McFerran Cup since 1975 as they beat Scotstown after extra-time.
"It's unbelievable," he told RTÉ Radio 1's Sunday Sport. "It's the proudest moment of my life.
"It's great for the players but more importantly for the supporters out there, that follow us everywhere, that are good people, good Gaels.
"I just can't wait to get the cup home now. We're going to go round by Mount Errigal."
In a low-scoring game played in awful weather, Gaoth Dobhair were three points down by the 40th minute.
However, they rallied to force extra-time and, after the Monaghan champions' top scorer Shane Carey (0-6) was sent off for a high challenge in the second extra period, took advantage and scored what proved the decisive point through Shane Ferry.
"We were kind of ready for a gung-ho shootout because Scotstown have some fantastic forwards," reflected Cassidy.
"But obviously they looked at the Crossmaglen game and they wanted to shore things up a wee bit. So we kind of had to mirror them and it took us a while to find out feet.
"We had a strong bench all year. Shane has come off the bench in every game and he's kicked a score in every game so it's nothing new to him. You need a squad and there's nobody more important than the 29 in the squad.
"I think that was a massive moment," Cassidy added of Carey's dismissal. "Scotstown walked the line a few times, a couple of high tackles.
"But I think Shane Carey going, it took the momentum out of their play a wee bit.
"(Rory) Beggan was fantastic. He was stroking balls from every angle, that's why he's the number one keeper this year.
"It's difficult on them. I know they lost one a couple of years ago and it's really hard on them but you just have to get back at it."
Scotstown (Monaghan) v Gaoth Dobhair (Donegal) Full-Time Highlights pic.twitter.com/U6kVDlu5Zt— The GAA (@officialgaa) December 2, 2018
Cassidy won two All-Stars as a wing-back with Donegal but has been remodelled as a vintage full-forward and scored two fine points from play.
He paid tribute to the Gaoth Dobhair management for masterminding a first ascent to the Ulster throne despite both the 2015 finalists standing in their way.
"It was a massive task to come up here. To head into the Falls Road first to play Cargin and then to come to Crossmaglen, and then to Scotstown.
"All these teams have been here, we hadn't been there. It's a new experience for us.
"Credit to the management team, they've gelled us well, had us well prepared for every match.
"Coming up today we were confident. We knew Scotstown were good but we knew if we played we'd be in the game."
Kings of Ulster🇳🇬💚🇳🇬💚🇳🇬💚 pic.twitter.com/A4xuVbuwET— Kevin Cassidy (@KCASS7) December 2, 2018