There inlies the problem. Was he a great player, or did the Media personalities just run and run and run with how "great" he was so everyone is just like, meh he is a great player.
I'm not saying he was a ■■■■ player, or even a poor one, my comment is solely based on the media commentary of any player really.
I still remember at the height of andrew Johns career (albeit a different sport sure) anything he did, or even didn't do, was lauded over as being genius.
I still remember a bit of player where the knights scored a try, and they were raving about how johns set it up. they went back through the replay, and all he did was not catch a pass that wasn't intended for him anyway, and allowed it to go to an outside player that scored.
The end result was Johns was a genius cos " he knew to leave the ball" for his team mate.
with the saturation of media personalities, most of which aren't football people want to feel validated, so they up their comments on players like hodge, and make him into some kind of super human player, just so they fit in.
He was a good player no doubt, but no where near the heights he will be made out to be remembered for.