What I seen and heard and in no particular order and not just marquee forwards:
Frank Mc Guigan
James Mc Cartan
inseparable greats of the game.
This excludes possibly unfairly Declan Browne, Michael Murphy, Greg Blaney and Brian Mc Guigan, Paul Flynn, Larry Tompkins, Brian Stafford, Stevie O Neill and Brogan, Oisin Mc Conville, Stevie Mc Donnell, Paddy Bradley, Colin Corkery, Declan O Sullivan, Johnny Doyle, Nudie Hughes, Eugene Mc Kenna, Graeme Geraghty, Keiran Mc Donald, Conor Mc Manus, Adrian Cush, Eoin Mulligan, Frankie and Dessie Dolan, and Bill Sex for the name.
If you think about it many of the great talents were and are incomparable. They were not robots they learned their own skills and not to a system, we are very lucky in the GAA to have had dozens of Messis and Ronaldos, not just 2. The sad thing is maybe the development squads are systemising and leveliing off the skill sets.
Where some miss the point is that we are often protecting the system and not the talent. We are equalising the field. My county as guilty as any. There is flair out on those pitches but theres little room for non conformists. Go compare the excitement of club football to county football, there is none. Many of these guys were unpredictable enigmatic but their skills practiced on their doorstep, the battered garage doors and their chipped walls, and treeless gardens were their "development squad" and they went on to illuminate the football fields of Ireland in their many unorthodox ways. The flawed Genius, the incomplete careers, the nasty streak and the wasted opportunities amid moments of pure gold are inseperable from these men. Whilst the debates continue take the IPAD off the kids but put them into the back gardens and give them a wall for their 2 feet and fists and lets grow these games again as we want them.