Matthew Johns achieved it all throughout his career.
The older brother of the eighth Immortal, Johns played 197 first grade games, four Origins and eight internationals for Australia. His career continued after his retirement with the 48-year-old becoming one of the most respected voices in the rugby league media.
It's hard to imagine a time when Johns was just a fresh faced junior biding his time in reserve grade.
The following article was penned in the Knights Country magazine, and appears on page 22 of edition one, volume two.
Of the Knights younger brigade, there are few players if any who have created a bigger impression than 20-year-old utility star Matthew Johns.
The son of former Cessnock captain coach Gary Johns, Matthew has developed into a real find for the club and is certain to play an integral role for the Knights over the next few seasons.
Alternating between five-eighth and hooker, Johns has been one of the chief reasons why the Knights reserve grade side is challenging strongly for a place in the top three this season.
With Michael Hagan and Robbie McCormack firmly entrenched in the top grade, Johns is resigned to having to bide his time in reserve grade and wait for his opportunity.
Johns’ younger brother Andrew is also showing signs he could be one of the club’s stars of the future after stepping into the Presidents Cup side earlier this year.
It might not be too far into the future that the brothers are playing side by side in the Knights first grade line-up.