Have your say on Immortal Andrew Johns
Newcastle Knights great Andrew Johns has been named the eighth rugby league Immortal at the Men of League Gala Dinner in Sydney.
Johns joins Clive Churchill, Bob Fulton, Reg Gasnier, Johnny Raper, Graeme Langlands, Wally Lewis and Arthur Beetson as the nation's greatest ever players.
Johns leapfrogged Norm Provan, Ron Coote and Mal Meninga to become the eighth immortal.
In pics: Andrew Johns' incredible career
"I just want to thank everyone who's been involved in my life to get me where I am in rugby league," Johns said.
"I owe everything in my life to rugby league. Ever since I was a kid. I'd hate to imagine where I'd be without the game that's given me everything. And even now it gives me everything.
"If I'm being totally honest I felt I wasn't worthy alongside those guys. Those guys were my idols growing up."
Johns played 24 Test matches for Australia, 23 State of Origin games for New South Wales and a club record 249 premiership matches for Newcastle.
He won two premierships with the Knights, was awarded the Dally M Medal a record three times and holds the record for most points scored in Australian first grade history with 2,176 points.
"The Immortals stands above all other honours in our great game and Rugby League Week is proud and excited to be adding another champion to the club," Martin Lenehan, Editor in Chief, ACP Men's Lifestyle Sports, said.
"To assist with this monumental task we put together a panel of judges without peer in the game and the man they have chosen to join this exclusive club stands tall alongside the seven current Immortals for his spectacular achievements on the football field.
"Rugby League Week has nurtured the Immortals since its inception in 1981 and looks forward to working closely with Men of League and the ARLC to ensure the Immortals maintains its rightful place as the pinnacle of Rugby League.
"We congratulate Joey on becoming the eighth member of the most famous and fabled club in Rugby League."
ARLC Interim Chief Executive, Mr Shane Mattiske said: "I think anyone who has been around Rugby League and watched Andrew Johns play the game would appreciate just how great a privilege it was to see him in action.
"Joey is not only one of the champion players of his era, he is one of the greatest the game has seen.
"To be chosen by such a distinguished group of judges as one of the game's Immortals is an honour befitting his achievements in Rugby League."
Legends such as Dally Messenger and Frank Burge, are ineligible because they played before World War II, one of the Immortals' original stipulations.
The first judges (Frank Hyde, Harry Bath and Tom Goodman) agreed in 1981 they could only judge on players they had seen in action.
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