Here is a remarkable statistic: Daniel Kerr, who made his retirement official yesterday, left the game with more top-three finishes in Brownlow Medal counts than top-three finishes in West Coast's best-and-fairest award.
We know that the umpires frequently see things differently to coaches when it comes to assessing best players, but that is an extraordinary difference of opinion.
In 2005, 2006 and 2007, as part of the best midfield triumvirate in football, Kerr polled more Brownlow Medal votes than any other AFL player.
He finished one vote behind winner Ben Cousins in 2005 and four votes back from Adam Goodes in 2006.
Kerr was ineligible in 2006, but only Goodes and Scott West polled more votes.
Only Jimmy Bartel (29 votes) polled more than Kerr's 22 in 2007 when he was ineligible again and played just 17 of 22 home-and-away games.
He finished top three in his club's best and fairest just once - in 2002 - when that midfield triumvirate mentioned earlier - Cousins, Kerr and Chris Judd - landed the club champion trifecta, in that order.
Brownlow medals and media awards are not the only ones with vagaries. More than a few club champion counts have reflected more than just on-field performance.
You got the feeling that, at times, Kerr's finishes in his club's award reflected issues away from the playing field, as much as they did his performance on it.
Kerr was headstrong, far from innocent in the off-field scandals that rattled the Eagles through the mid-noughties, and not always on the same page as the club at the end.
The end and the way it was announced yesterday was strangely fitting. Kerr was on holiday in Bali, having bade his own farewells to teammates weeks ago when told bluntly by club officials that they believed his time was up even though he had a year of a contract to run.
The only thing left to do from that point was to say an unofficial goodbye and negotiate a contract settlement which is basically what has been happening since.
No one is saying how much of Kerr's final-year wage he will receive to walk away now but the payout is likely to exceed $400,000.
Whatever difficulties Kerr had off the field, he was brilliant on-field. He lost nothing in comparison with Judd and Cousins when all three were at their best.
Gerard Neesham once said that of three qualities critical to a footballer - pace, skill and courage - a player might get away with being light on for one but not two.
Champions, he said, usually had plenty of all three.
Kerr certainly did. He was a hard-ball winner, a line breaker, a good ball user and no shirker when it came to the physical side of the game, often to the detriment of his 178cm, 80kg frame.
He was great in big games. In 13 finals he fell short of 20 possessions only three times, and had 24 or more touches on nine occasions - including his last four finals when he was integral to West Coast's resurgence in 2011 and 2012.
His inability to reproduce that form in 2013 because of bad knees and an ageing body was a big factor in West Coast's inability to meet pre-season expectations.
West Coast had several outstanding players in the club's last premiership era but five stood head and shoulders above the rest. Four were Judd, Cousins, Dean Cox and Darren Glass.
Kerr was the fifth, regardless of what club best-and-fairest results tell you.
Daniel Kerr factfile
Games: 220 (all at West Coast)
Runner-up in Brownlow medal count 2005
Premiership player 2006
Grand finalist 2005All-Australian 2007