Out of all the tributes that flowed right after Arthur Beetson’s statue was unveiled outside Suncorp Stadium on Tuesday, 4 phrases resonated most as the Queensland State of Origin side looked on.
“Do it for him,” the Immortal’s son Brad said from the podium following turning to seem Maroons skipper Cameron Smith square in the eye.
Finding determination was not a dilemma ahead of Wednesday night’s Origin decider as Queensland looked to seal an unprecedented seventh straight series.
But it did not stop Brad Beetson supplying some added incentive.
“Give ‘em hell tomorrow night, boys,” he added as the complete Maroons squad gathered about the new Beetson statue.
Origin legend Gene Miles explained the crew had emerged as “the best” Queensland side since they had learned from Beetson’s teachings.
That incorporated staying humble – regardless of NSW coach Ricky Stuart’s latest claim that he hated “Queensland’s smugness and their fake graciousness in victory”.
“Definitely, they are humble. That does not get enough credit score,” he told AAP.
“To win 6 straight series, I don’t think that will be accomplished again.
“When they come into camp, they check out their egos in at the door and they get on wonderfully nicely.
“Arthur pioneered the relaxed atmosphere in the camp.
“He taught us how to respect the opposition, be passionate Queenslanders and to go out there and do your best.”
Queensland coach Mal Meninga had no doubt Beetson – who died in December 2011 aged 66 – as properly as late prolonged-time manager Dick “Tosser” Turner would be viewing above them.
“They are element of the explanation why we don’t want to allow Queensland down,” he said.
Queensland came out of camp particularly for the statue unveiling, bringing back fond memories for Meninga who was portion of the first Origin side with Beetson 32 years ago.
“You desired to play for him – he was more substantial than life,” Meninga said.
Wally Lewis could still don’t forget the roar when Beetson ran out in a Maroons jersey for the first and last time in 1980.
“One of the loudest sounds I have seasoned,” said Lewis whose statue stands close to Beetson and fellow Origin wonderful Darren Lockyer on the Suncorp Stadium concourse.
But not almost everything went smoothly in that initial Origin camp.
“He was the very first bloke I met at camp. He didn’t beat around the bush,” Lewis laughed.
“He said ‘to be trustworthy, I do not know a good deal about you but, if you could not play, you wouldn’t have been picked in the side’.
“(But) I felt privileged to have acknowledged the guy.
“He boosted Queensland rugby league much more than any other person despite taking part in just one particular game (in Origin).”
In a career spanning a lot more than 25 years, Beetson’s packed resume integrated turning into the very first indigenous Australian to captain his country in any sport.