Cameron Smith only had to look around his house for the reasons why he would no longer represent Queensland and Australia.
It was time to put the family first.
For the last 15 years the rugby league world has seen Smith dominate in Maroon and Green and Gold jerseys as he has lifted shields, trophies, received medals and received arguably more accolades than any other player.
However it was when he got home, away from all the cameras and limelight, that the reality set in.
"When I wasn't playing for the Storm that weekend (after Origin) I wasn't really offering much at home as a father and as a husband," Smith said.
"I was just sitting on the couch or laying in my bed exhausted, physically and mentally.
"Not too many people understand the commitment you need to play Origin. You need full physical and mental commitment to go out, play well and do your job for the team. That was the first real sign for myself."
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The responsibility of playing for your Club, state and country all in one season eventually proved a balance too difficult to strike.
"It was getting more difficult to be away from my wife and children," Smith said
"My eldest one now being 10 years of age, there are things with my family and school that I am now missing out on.
"That is a big commitment and a sacrifice for myself to make but also a bigger sacrifice for my family. When you get your children asking why you can't be in attendance at some of your events, that is not a great feeling."