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09:58 3 Jul 2020

After much debate and consideration, here is the final selection for Armagh's sporting Mt Rushmore as decided by Aaron Kernan and Niall McCoy on Friday's OTB AM

The responsibility fell on the shoulders of Aaron Kernan and Niall McCoy to decide upon the final four sportspeople who would adorn Armagh's sporting Rushmore.

Here is the final Armagh sporting Mt Rushmore selection:

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GAELIC FOOTBALL - Kieran McGeeney

Armagh

The captain of Armagh's first and as yet only All-Ireland winning side, Kieran McGeeney was always going to be in with a great shout of being selected for the county's sporting Rushmore.

"In terms of playing ability he was a huge figure on the field," explained Aaron Kernan, "but it was his leadership qualities and desire to be successful that makes him standout.

"Geezer in the changing room before a big championship game was a sight to behold. He was nearly in tears like, just pumped and ready for action. It wasn't hard to get motivated with him there saying the last words.

"He demanded the utmost of himself and expected everyone else to follow suit."

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GAELIC FOOTBALL - Joe Kernan 

Armagh

The man who famously led Armagh to that maiden All-Ireland success, Joe Kernan's hugely impressive playing career with the county only solidified further his cause for inclusion.

"I will go with my father," explained Aaron Kernan of the next GAA selection. "In terms of the success we've had, you need the players which we had but knowing the drive, passion and vision he had, he was always thinking of the bigger picture.

"He was talking about winning All-Ireland titles when it had never been done before."

"Yeah, I'm not providing much opposition on this at all," stated McCoy in support of Kernan. "He just that extra bit out of Armagh and brought us to the ultimate glory."

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RUGBY - Rory Best 

Armagh

The Irish Rugby captain who led Ireland to Grand Slam success and the #1 spot in the world, Rory Best would have been very tough to exclude from any county's Rushmore.

"Somebody who had a career with Ulster and Ireland," remarked Aaron Kernan of the sole rugby selection.

"To play in that position where he played in the way that he did for as long as he did was remarkable. He is one of the top sporting men we've ever produced in our county."

"He is an absolute cert," confirmed Niall McCoy.

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SOCCER - Neil Lennon

Armagh

A serial winner as a player and manager with Glasgow Celtic, Neil Lennon's achievements in the world of football made him impossible to overlook.

"He started out his career with Geezer with the Armagh minors," explained Kernan, "but then he switched his allegiance.

"Someone like Neil, though, to come from a Catholic background and go represent Northern Ireland, he was just one of the leading lights between that and playing for Celtic.

"That takes a lot of bottle and leadership. It shows his strength of character."

"His strength of character, yeah," noted McCoy, "he has had such a great career and he's my pick too."

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Missed any of our Mount Rushmore county-by-county series? Watch back all episodes here! 

Here is Nathan Murphy's selection of Mayo

Here is Colm Boohig's selection of Cork

Here is Will O'Callaghan and Paul Rouse's selection of Offaly

Here is Shane Hannon and Gráinne McElwain's selection of Monaghan

Here is Diarmuid Lyng and Liam Griffin's selection of Wexford

Here is Neil Treacy and Jack Anderson's selection of Limerick

Here is Enda Coll and Kieran Cunningham's selection of Donegal

Here is Máire-Treasa Nic-Cheallaigh and Michael Lyster's selection of Galway

Here is Adrian Barry and Conor Moore's selection of Westmeath

Here is Ronan Mullen and Dan McDonnell's selection of Louth

Here is Alan Quinlan and Michael Quinlivan's selection of Tipperary

Here is Tommy Rooney and Hector Ó'hEochagáin's selection of Meath

Here is Conor Deegan and Donal O'Neill's selection of Down

Here is Ger Gilroy and Joe Molloy's selection of Kildare

Here is Thom Malone and Paul Howard's selection of Wicklow

Here is Dave McIntyre and Paul Fitzpatrick's selection of Cavan

Here is Arthur O'Dea and Alan Cawley's selection of Sligo

Here is Eoin Sheahan and Kieran Donaghy's selection of Kerry

Here is Cliona Foley and Shane Keegan's selection of Laois

Here is Enda McGinley and Orla Bannon's selection of Tyrone

Here is Oisin Langan and Jessie Barr's selection of Waterford

Here is Enda McEvoy and Gary Halpin's selection of Kilkenny

Here is Cahair O'Kane and Chrissy McKaigue's selection of Derry

Here is Declan Bogue and Colm Bradley's selection of Fermanagh

Here is Jamesie O'Connor and Syl O'Connor's selection of Clare

Here is Tommy Conlon and Sean McGoldrick's selection of Leitrim

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