Why be satisfied with 356? Why not 400?
That is a legitimate questions when you consider how seamless Cameron Smith has been on his way to breaking the NRL games record this Saturday at AAMI Park.
The Storm captain and future NRL immortal has played almost his entire career in the purple No.9.
It is a position that requires his 89kg frame to stand in front of and tackle big forwards, some 30kg heavier, time and time again.
Not even Smith can tell you the secret to his remarkable durability.
On the eve of the 14th Finals Series of his career, Smith says he has never felt better and with one more year to run on his current contract with Storm, who knows how long he could play on for.
“To be honest, I haven’t felt so good physically and mentally in my whole career,” Smith said.
‘‘I believe I can keep going. I know there is always the risk of going one year too long, but at this stage, I wouldn’t rule out signing another deal.
“I’ve seen guys where you can tell their head is not in the game anymore and they’re just turning up to get their pay at the end of the month. That won’t be me.”