Retiring Sydney Roosters player Cooper Cronk has opened up to The Advocate today about the experience of playing his last NRL game.

Taking a moment from his post Grand Final victory bender with teammates, Cronk explained that Sunday night’s match was the closest thing he’s had to an out-of-body experience.

Cronk who famously said that his series-deciding kick in State of Origin 2017 was every sinew in his body coming together in one perfect whole, said his final NRL game was even more special.

“It was 80 minutes of divine spiritual and physical synergy, in one tangled, beautiful embrace,” explained the enlighted half back.

“I can’t really describe what it was, but 80 minutes of sheer, unadulterated bliss.”

“Even the early tackle on Papalii where I got sent to the bin for 10. Walking off, I could feel my body in perfect harmony, the sinews perfectly complimenting the tendons, the muscles, the ligaments.”

“Like a perfectly oiled machine, but a machine with an awoken being and completely content sense of self.”

Cronk then petered out and stared off into the sky while the dull thud of what probably was a run it straight challenge continued in the back room.

“Anyway, I’ve got to get back to it. I’ve tried explaining the feeling to the other boys and I’ve gotten mostly blank looks.”


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