“You only play for Dublin for a short period of time so it comes with a huge responsibility.” Dean Rock

 

This weekend is such a massive occasion. With the GAA history books to be altered again it’s only fitting that AIG followed one man on his journey. Dublin attempt to join Wexford and Kerry in the famous four-in-a-row club. And the focus of the latest installment of #DublinOurTeam is on Dublin’s current top scorer Dean Rock.

In six Championship games this year, Dean has notched up 2-34, averaging just under seven points per game. He has once again been the shoulders that bare the weight from the dead ball, much like his Dad Barney was during his career.

Dean is continuing a massive Rock tradition in the GAA that has spanned decades. From his Great Great Grandfather throwing the ball in at Croke Park right through to his own Dad becoming a Dublin Legend, it’s fair to say the Rock tradition is in safe hands for now. And growing up around the confines of the GAA Headquarters, Dean was never too far away from the action as a child, only spurring him on further to some day step out onto the hallowed surface as a Senior Footballer.

Well we’ve witnessed Dean grow over the year into the four time All Ireland Champion and All Star he has become and this weekend he may well add a fifth Championship medal to his collection.

Everyday life for Dean

Rocks passion flows through everything he does, both in his Football and working life. He’s coached Special Olympics Athletes for a number of years in Stewarts Care in Palmerstown. And he’s now moved into the role of Fundraising Manager, continuing to help people with intellectual disabilities.

In terms of the current panel, Dean is under no illusions that the competition for places is just as tough as ever.

“Everyone wants to be on the first 15. And everyone wants to be on the 26 guys who get to tog out. Everyone else wants your position. I think that’s really healthy and I think that’s what you need to be successful.