As the only senior hurling manager that Shefflin has played under in a career that garnered 10 Celtic Crosses amongst numerous other accolades, Cody’s tribute to Shefflin was most fitting, part comedy and above all honest and grounded.
Speaking on Shefflin, Brian Cody had this to say:
“When he got the call up back in 1999, obviously there was talent there, he was a big strong player. But his development as a player over the years has been amazing, really.
He bought into the whole aspect of what he needed to do to become better and better. Everybody talks about trying to be the best they can be, you know you’re asked “what would you like to do” – “I’d like to be the best I can be” and that’s across all aspects of life as well.
And it’s a strange thing because Henry Shefflin did become the best he could be, but he actually probably became better than he could be in lots of ways, which is a hard thing to credit (because) it was just the way he developed as a player, every aspect of himself.
When I was asked, when he did retire, to pay some kind of a tribute to him, the only thing I could thing of saying was that he got the absolute maximum out of himself as a player… he could not have got another ounce out of himself.”