Chris Paterson was a true servant to Scotland
So, Chris Paterson has retired. What will you always remember of him?
I'll keep this blog brief. And it is such good news to hear of a player retiring before the ignominy of being pushed.
I think I first noticed him when he romped in from 80 metres at the Melrose Sevens when his pace was plainly out of the ordinary.
And he appeared to have that instinctive ability to ghost past players that the likes of John Rutherford and Gregor Townsend before him - both Borderers - had in spades.
Then there was a cup final win with Paterson scoring a try for Gala.
To me, Chris was the last of the "old fashioned" rugby players in terms of his size. He was never over-developed in physique.
He was the lightweight runner, the sprinter, who could drag a man down rather than blast him out of the way. Chris seemed to be at top speed in three strides and nobody was going to catch him.
Paterson has retired from international rugby at the top of his game. Photo: SNS
In short he was, somehow, typically Scottish.
I've spoken to him and interviewed him and as a man he is unfailingly courteous.
The bad bit to the history is that he was mistreated by Scotland.
He never said it out loud but I suspect he wanted to play stand-off but was always told he didn't have the pass, or the kick from hand, or some other guff.
Instead, he played on the wing and at full back. He was superb there, but I think he could have been one of our finest ever stand-offs.
It's always sad to see a great man retire, but in this case he does so at the top of his game, with his body intact for the most part, and on his terms.
Chris Paterson, well done: a true servant to Scotland.
Right, leave a message for Chris here, and I'll make sure he reads it...