Warrington full-back Brett Hodgson was humbled after being awarded the Lance Todd Trophy for his starring role in the Wolves' latest Carnegie Challenge Cup final win.
The veteran Australian recovered from a heavy bang to the head early in the second half to set up two critical tries and score one of his own in Warrington's 35-18 defeat of Leeds at Wembley.
"It's huge. I have been very fortunate through my career to play with some great players, win an NRL Grand Final and now this," Hodgson said. "It is very humbling to receive such an honour. It is going to be something I look back on with great admiration and I am very excited and honoured to accept it."
Hodgson was involved in the game's major turning point when he was knocked over by a powerful challenge from Leeds forward Kylie Leuluai.
Warrington led only 12-10 at the time and Hodgson, who ducked into Leuluai's shoulder, lost possession and Brett Delaney scooped up to cross for Leeds but the Rhinos were to be denied as video referee Phil Bentham, after ruling Delaney's tackle legal, spotted a double knock-on and chalked off the try.
Hodgson recovered and helped put over Chris Riley and Ryan Atkins for tries that put the Wolves into a decisive lead.
"I was trying to get out of his way as quick as possible," Hodgson said. "He is a champion bloke and there was nothing wrong with his tackle - he just got me good. I was probably lucky not to concede a try in that play."
Wolves coach Tony Smith said: "There were probably a lot of crucial points but it is about taking your opportunities when they arrive.
"In these sort of matches sometimes you only get a few and if you don't take them it can hurt you.
"You have got to make them happen and I thought we did make them happen, particularly in the second half."