Harry Gregg never wanted to be defined by his heroism at the Munich air disaster when he went back into the burning plane to rescue four people.
It is difficult to overlook such actions which, if they happened in wartime, would have been deserving of a VC.
But Harry, who has died aged 87, was a complex man: cantankerous, knowledgeable, a supreme goalkeeper - the best in the world - and someone with no time for fools.
The cult of celebrity which surrounds so many modern footballers not fit to lace his boots was anathema to Harry.
He loved plain speaking, integrity and doing the best one could at all times. Legend doesn't do him justice.