So what do you give the bloke who's got everything? Now we know, if you're capable, you give him what he might just want more than anything else, a South Sydney premiership, assuming the man who has everything happens to be the owner of that club.
It was Hollywood actor Russell Crowe who, more than anyone else, convinced Sam Burgess to put his faith in the Rabbitohs; the Englishman said he wouldn't be where he is without the influence of the movie star. Now, Burgess wants to deliver a premiership to the co-owner.
''That would be the best thing,'' Burgess said yesterday. ''I think he's got everything in the world. The best thing we could give him is something we have not got, for a long time.
''I would love to repay him with something. I haven't really given him much over three years. [But] I think he is really happy with the club and where it is going.''
Along with Peter Holmes a Court, Crowe took over the club in 2006, promising to turn the Rabbitohs around to such an extent that they would attract the best players in the code. Burgess has been a big part of that, having met Crowe for the first time on the set of Robin Hood.
''I took Russell's word for it,'' Burgess said. ''He explained the club as well as he could. Certainly what he explained has come to fruition. That was part of the challenge - to come to the club and go through some success again. When we first met in 2009, he said he had a big desire to go and make the club successful again. I believed in him then.''
Would he be at the Rabbitohs without him? ''It's a tough one,'' Burgess said. ''Probably not because he is the one who made everything happen. It got a bit complicated at the time. I didn't sign for the fact that Russell is here - but Russell made it happen.''
He now considers Crowe as his friend and speaks to the expatriate Kiwi no matter where he is on the planet. This week, he communicated with Crowe, in New York, via text, as Burgess prepared for Saturday night's grand-final qualifier against Canterbury. Crowe might well be an owner, but Burgess also describes him as a ''classic bloke'' and a ''solid fella''.
''When you're with him, he's a normal bloke who loves his footy,'' Burgess said. ''He loves South Sydney.''
That much is clear. ''He has obviously put a lot of effort into the club, especially in his early years,'' said Burgess, who joined the club in 2010 from Bradford. ''He is obviously a massive part of the success the club is going through. I think he deserves a lot of recognition for that.''
Roy Asotasi should perhaps be considered the pioneer, the first true star to listen to Crowe's pitch and believe in his vision for the club. Like Burgess, the front-rower said if it wasn't for Crowe, he might not have gambled on the club.
''He had just recently taken over the club, with Peter Holmes a Court,'' Asotasi said. ''I spoke to him a lot. A lot of the stuff that he spoke about ... he had me sold. That's one of the big reasons why I came across. One of the biggest things he promised was that he'd keep getting bigger and better players. Look at us now.''
- Sydney Morning Herald
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