BRIAN O'Driscoll's decision to sign on for another year for Ireland is a testimony to this unique sporting hero.
In an age of easy cynicism, O'Driscoll has raised the bar for integrity and honesty.
O'Driscoll is the ultimate sporting ambassador and his tenure in the No 13 shirt has brought honour to Ireland.
They say that you can pay for service, but you have to earn respect. No one has done more to earn it than Brian O'Driscoll.
M M FULLAM