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16 reasons why Waterford’s Tony Browne is a hurling legend

After 23 long seasons of inter-county hurling, the Mount Sion man has called it a day.

 16. He played 23 seasons as a senior inter-county player. Respect

15. When he made his National League debut for Waterford in 1991, (now ex) Deise teammates Darragh Fives, Paudie Prendergast, Pauric Mahony, Jamie Barron and Jake Dillon were not even born

Waterford’s Jake Dillon.
Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

14. Opposing managers respect him

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody consoles Tony Browne.
Pic: INPHO/Patrick Bolger

13. Opposing players respect him

Tony Browne with Shane McGrath of Tipperary.
Pic: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

12. And the Waterford fans love him

Pic: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

11. He was the only Waterford man selected in 2009 on the best Munster hurling team of the previous 25 years

MUNSTER HURLING TEAM: Ger Cunningham (Cork); Stephen McDonagh (Limerick), Brian Lohan (Clare), Frank Lohan (Clare); Tony Browne (Waterford), Sean McMahon (Clare), Sean Óg O hAilpín (Cork); John Fenton (Cork), Jerry O’Connor (Cork); Ben O’Connor (Cork), Gary Kirby (Limerick), John Leahy (Tipperary); Eoin Kelly (Tipperary), Jimmy Barry Murphy (Cork), Nicky English (Tipperary).

10. Noel Connors has dubbed him ‘The Bionic Man’

Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

9. He’s shown Kieran McGeeney some skills

Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

8. He’s won silverware with his county

Pic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

7. And he’s won seven county senior titles with his club Mount Sion

Pic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

6. He’s got his face painted with Davy Fitz for the craic

Pic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

5. He chills out by doing a spot of fishing

Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

4. He’s able to pop up with a vital goal for Waterford


3. He was the 1998 Hurler of the Year and was still in action 15 years on

Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

2. John Mullane thought he was great altogether

Pic: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

1. He finally retired, 10 months after his 40th birthday

Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Originally published on June 2, 2013.

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