Consider Conor Gormley for a minute.
Chances are, you might cast your mind back to September 29, 2003 and that match-saving block on Armagh's scalding hot forward Stevie McDonnell in the All-Ireland final that secured Tyrone's first Sam Maguire.
And, as the decade wore on, he was one of the Red Hands' executive class players, timing his three All-Stars to coincide with their three All-Irelands.
At club level, he has county titles from 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2005.
Back when he was starting out, he would jump into the back of a team-mate's car for away games, listening intently to the stories of the older crew, trying not to give too much away that could be used in a dressing room full of big characters.
But he will soon be making a 60-mile round trip to Ardboe, socially distanced and in his own car, for the first game of the 2020 season in Tyrone.
On the cusp of 40, having scaled all those mountains, we ask the only sensible first question in these circumstances.
"The enjoyment factor," he chuckled back, like he'd never heard anything quite so ridiculous. He's got a light touch and almost everything he says comes with a half-smile on the lips.
"Like everybody, your club is special to you, and Carrickmore is special to me and special to the people of Carrickmore.
"I just really enjoy going out playing and enjoying the craic with the boys. I suppose it's a social thing for a few of us. We are married and have kids and jobs and all. It's a great social thing so we get the enjoyment of going back and playing.
"Nothing beats it. I know nothing different really. I have been playing senior football with Carrickmore now since 1998 roughly, maybe a bit of 1997. I know no different, it is Tuesday and Friday night training."
Working as a coach with the Ulster Council, Gormley has been furloughed for the last number of months. For a man whose entire life is based around Gaelic football, it's been a serious period of readjustment.
Instead, he's turned his hand to home schooling his children, Cathaoir (8) and twins Cillian and Cobhlaith (6).
"If they are not brain boxes at the end of all this, they will be in bother. If they are not making me a fortune when they are in their 20s there will be a handling!" he laughed.
To watch him play often feels like a trick of the eye. Gormley pops up across all corners of the pitch, even though he appears to be carrying an injury with his unusual running gait. It's as if he's playing a stormer in his first game back from long-term injury, every time.
And yet, few have been as durable as the man who takes remarkable care of himself.
Across 13 seasons with Tyrone, he missed just two games over a career of 78 Championship appearances.
A concussion against Louth in 2006 meant he missed out on the next day's defeat to Laois, while a medial ligament kept him out of the Ulster quarter-final clash with Antrim in 2010.
He broke his leg in 2006 and had to sit out the Club Championship, but didn't miss a single one since until last year. It wasn't a muscle injury - he just got a bad bang on his knee off a fence.
"I might have bluffed the odd sore hamstring here and there if it was a wet evening. Generally, I got away alright," he joked.
By far the most successful club in Tyrone with 15 Championships, it's been a long 15-year drought without an O'Neill Cup for the St Colmcilles.
They have some impressive players coming through and Gormley enjoys hothousing them in the dressing room.
"The main thing is trying to get a wee bit of dirt on these boys so you can give them a bit of stick. You have to do your homework so you can get a wee bit of a laugh out of them," he said with a smirk.
"They might be a bit tentative coming into a senior set-up, but you want to bring them in, show them there is a bit of craic to be had.
"They are a different mindset to what I am used to. They are all into the tight-fit clothes, the white boot or white sock brigade as we call them."
As much fun as that sounds, it's still a whole lot less macho than the environment he arrived in as a teenager.
"There would have been a lot of tough love, but you have to be more open-minded now," he stated.
"The mentality side of it is much greater. Mental health issues, you have to be more aware of it. Everybody is on a different level when a group comes together like that.
"Different ages and backgrounds, working at different things, it's not easy for a management team to gel all of that, so a lot of that falls to us older hands to have a bit of craic with the younger boys and break them in.
"You like to get around them all over the course of the year."
It's a shorter year now than ever before, one in which many sides feel they could pinch a Championship.
It's all there reflected in Gormley's closing lines; a hint of the possibilities that await in a county final and a nod to their glorious past and traditions.
"You have to make them feel welcome. At the end of the day they might be on the receiving end of a pass that could win you a county title so you have to be fit to trust these lads," he said.
"I will be going to watch them in years to come, so you want to hand the jersey over well to them, in a better place than you got it.
"It's all about passing on to the different generations."
Just not yet. Not while he's still bossing the show. And 'helping' the referee.