One of the main reasons I created this writing series was to give thanks to the legends who gave it their all while wearing the Mayo jersey.
They say in every lifestyle you must thank the ones that paved the way.
We all know about the incredible players Mayo GAA have had throughout the years and its so important to celebrate these players.
In todays post I will be talking about a man who is one of the best to ever put on a Mayo jersey, a man that needs no introduction in this series, someone who has been an inspiration to the GAA players in this country, the definition of a Mayo Legend Willie Joe Padden.
The 80’s was the era of big hair, leg warmers, spandex and mullets but it was also era we got to see the start of Willie Joe’s incredible legacy.
Throughout his 17 year senior career the Belmullet native achieved 5x Connaught titles, 1x NFL title and 2x All Stars.
People always say you should thank the people that came before you, Whilst doing my research for this piece I’m learning so much and it makes me desperate just to go back in time to 85 or 89 to see a legend at work.
One of my overall aims for this website is top say thank you to everyone who ever togged out in that red and green jersey but its hard to justify how grateful I am to the legend that is Willie Joe.
We all know how magical GAA is in a whole but especially Mayo GAA, its the players like Padden that helped people realise how much the game means to them.
When you look back throughout the history of Mayo GAA in years to come the surname Padden will forever be talked about because his incredible legacy will never be forgotten, they say leave something better than you found it, its safe to say Padden did just that throughout his time in the green and red jersey.
Luck may not be on Mayo’s side most of the time but I consider myself lucky to be from a county with an incredible history of amazing talented players.
It was players like Willie Joe Padden that made Mayo GAA the incredible GAA team that it is today, someone who paved the road for the future generation that we see today.
Although I would love to have seen Padden in action, you can tell by even one article how much this man was loved throughout County Mayo.
I may not be able to thank him enough but I hope by this article I justified even the slightest bit how grateful I am for Willie Joe Padden’s service towards Mayo football.
An Icon in the sports and an inspiration for the present and future footballers in Ireland, the definition of a Mayo legend.