Figures from across Tyrone yesterday paid tribute to the remarkable achievements of three-time All-Ireland winning manager Mickey Harte, after he called time on his trophy-laden 18-year reign as the counties' GAA manager at the weekend.
While he was known as the most successful manager in Tyrone GAA history - winning the Sam Maguire trophy in 2003, 2005 and 2008 - many have spoken of his qualities off the field as much as on it.
Television presenter and Dungannon-man Adrian Logan described Harte as "one of the all time greats" and reminisced about his warm character off the field.
"He obviously, in my opinion, put Tyrone on the map and kept them on the map," said Adrian.
"He was driven and he was ahead of his time.
"He was the man who first introduced the ploy of taking a player off and bringing him on again as a substitute, with Peter Canavan in the All-Ireland Final against Armagh.
"He filled you with so much hope and enthusiasm and yet when you look at the heartbreak he has come through, it's incredible. He also reached across the community. He has gone to many other people through his faith who suffered tragedy as well.
"It's not something he always talks about openly, but he did it.
"What a legacy he has and that he went out on his own terms, which is always the correct thing to do.
"He gave me some of the greatest moments of my life and I'm forever indebted to him for that.
"He was faith, family and football which is how I always sum him up."
Pomeroy country music singer Philomena Begley joined the team on stage when they won their three famous Sam Maguire cups.
"I was up on stage singing and was with them when they went home," she said.
"I was always very, very proud of Mickey and I wish him all the very best for the future.
"I don't know what he has planned for the future but I'm sure he will be a success.
"I have some amazing memories from being with the team at all the trophies they won," she added.
Enda McGinley, who grew up from the minor squads all the way to senior under Mickey Harte, described him as a "massive influence. The first time I was managed by Mickey was as a 10-year-old right back at the very start when we managed to win the league that year," he said.
"From there, right up until senior All-Ireland.
"He changed the standards expected of teams and his biggest thing at that time was the dual concentration on your work rate as a player on the pitch and that collective effort the team put in together.
"He demanded that you treated getting the jersey as an honour. It was that effort, the work rate his teams brought and the collective bond the teams had."
Mr McGinley also praised Mickey Harte for how he coped during the numerous darker times of his career, particularly after the murder of his daughter Michaela while on honeymoon in Mauritius in 2011.
"That team as we came up through the years together got hit by more tragedies than we should have," Mr McGinley added.
"He is a man of strong faith and he wears it on his sleeve.
"Between people with gambling addictions and bereavement, he very much took it upon himself to be there for them and be a rock for them."
One Tyrone family who know full well the support of Mickey Harte is the McAnallen family - with Bridget McAnallen describing the support the manager has given their family over the years since the passing of her son Cormac in 2004 aged just 24.
"He was able and willing to come and do stuff for the Cormac Trust, even though he must have been a very busy man," said Bridget. "He helped us with whatever we were doing at the Trust. He was very good at helping people generally.
"Within the sport, he showed a great strategic thinking and great management style.
"He showed great ability to understand and to read the game. You could see the effect of his words often in the second half of matches. He was a complete manager, who had many new and inspired ideas.
"He has made quite a mark in Tyrone generally and indeed encouraged other counties that they could grow to that level."
Bridget's son Donal added: "There are many people in Tyrone who won't know what it is like to not have Mickey Harte involved in a county team. He has many admirers across society."
John Laverty's view; see today's sports supplement, page 16