In an end of an era for Queensland rugby league, John McDonald drew the curtain on his 20-year stint as the state body's chairman in Brisbane on Friday.
Big shoes await new chairman Peter Betros after McDonald - dubbed "Cracker" - walked away from a life-long involvement in the sport.
The 67-year-old was a former Test three-quarter and went on to become Queensland's inaugural State of Origin coach in 1980 before being succeeded by the great Arthur Beetson the next year.
His impressive resume also includes a stint as Australian Rugby League chairman - succeeding good mate Ken Arthurson - during the Super League War of the mid-1990s.
He was also an International Federation chairman.
"It's a great honour to take over from John McDonald," Betros said.
"He's going to be sadly missed, but we've got a great legacy.
"He's left rugby league in fantastic shape and it's a strong platform for us to keep building on."
Betros is a former ARL board member.