I'm 23 years old. You are probably a lot younger than me, so you probably know that the Rabbitohs are pretty good? You have seen them dominate NRL teams with their size in the forwards thanks to the Burgess brothers as well as seeing the freak Greg Inglis do what he does best - be a freak of nature. You have seen John Sutton show his skill while also admiring Adam Reynolds for being a great halfback.
However, my memory of the South Sydney Rabbitohs is that they sucked. For most of my life, the Rabbitohs have been the joke of the NRL, always finishing near the bottom of the table and being easily beaten each week. I had only heard about how the Rabbitohs were once the greatest team in the NRL, for a long time.
The stories of the great South Sydney Rabbitohs have been passed down, from fathers to sons, from mothers to daughters, from grandparents to grandchildren. That is why the history has never been forgotten.
That is why, when the Rabbitohs knew they would win the 2014 Grand Final, Sam Burgess started to cry. That's why Greg Inglis started to cry. That is why the thousands of Rabbitohs fans went crazy and that is why you probably celebrated even though you hate the Rabbitohs.
The Rabbitohs were too good for the Bulldogs. Coach Des Hasler said so after the game. But the Grand Final gave us much more than a game of footy. With the first hit up Sam Burgess broke his cheek bone, his face began to look like a fighter's who had taken some heavy hits. Sam Burgess then kept playing, he kept tackling and he kept running as hard as he could. He wasn't going to give up.
His younger brother George scored one of the best Grand Final tries ever. A prop, running like a winger using Tony Williams as a speed bump. After the game George and his twin brother Thomas said that Sam was their hero. They meant it.
There was Greg Inglis, scoring and doing his trade mark celebrating - the Goanna (an Australian lizard) where he crawls along the grass. He does this to represent his people and he did it on the biggest stage. Inglis won the premiership with Melbourne, he's won State Of Origin many times and he's won a World Cup with the Kangaroos, but none of them made him cry. This was special.
The Rabbitohs won their 21st NRL title. They had to wait 43 years to win it. 43 years is a long time. They deserved to be able to celebrate with their fans who are the best fans in the NRL, they stick with their side through thick and thing. They stick with their side through 43 long years of nothing.
Congratulations South Sydney.