But both Martin and the newly-crowned premiers are hungry for more success.
Martin added the Tigers’ best-and-fairest award to his historic Brownlow Medal, premiership medallion and Norm Smith Medal treble at a ceremony at Crown Palladium on Monday night.
The 26-year-old has taken all before him this season, also winning major media awards and AFL Players’ Association and Coaches’ Association awards, as well as earning his second All-Australian nod.
He spearheaded Richmond’s amazing resurgence from 13th last year to a 48-point grand final thumping of Adelaide to claim the club’s 11th flag.
“I’m just super proud. It’s been an amazing journey and this is just the beginning – we’ve got plenty of good times ahead,” Martin told the packed room.
“It’s been a massive year, one of the best years of my life, it’s just awesome.
“We’re still pinching ourselves that we won the premiership this year. But it’s been awesome and we all deserve it.
“I just loved getting out there with the boys and playing footy (this year). You don’t have to think about all the other crap in your life for two hours … I just get out there and do what I’ve loved doing since I was five or six.”
Martin claimed the award ahead of Alex Rance in second place and Kane Lambert third.
Skipper Trent Cotchin, who had earlier revealed he planned to give up the captaincy if the Tigers didn’t make the finals this year, finished fourth.
He led the toast for Martin after he was presented with his latest award.
“I think the greatest thing about Dusty is the fact that he was quick to shy away from the Brownlow hype, he was quick to put away his Norm Smith Medal and just bask in the glory of the premiership medal,” Cotchin said.
“It’s all that he’s about, he’s all about the team and that’s why we love him so much.”
Cotchin shares Martin’s belief that more success is to come for this Tigers group.
Premiership coach Damien Hardwick’s voice shook with emotion when he reflected on what they had been able to achieve in his address to the crowd.
“I’m just so bloody proud of this football club and this playing group,” Hardwick said.
“This club did something absolutely remarkable – it achieved something built on care and unity unlike anything I’ve ever seen before in my time in football.
“That bond was simply unbreakable and their belief unshakable.”
Ever the showman, Jack Riewoldt joined the band to close the evening with a rendition of The Killers’ Mr Brightside, which he ended with an emphatic mic drop.
* Jack Dyer Medal – Dustin Martin 89 votes
2nd – Alex Rance 80
3rd – Kane Lambert 76
4th – Trent Cotchin 73
5th – Dylan Grimes 69
* Michael Roach Medal (leading goalkicker award) – Jack Riewoldt
* Francis Bourke Award – Dylan Grimes
* Bill Cosgrove-Harry Jenkins Best First Year Player Award – Dan Butler
* David Mandie Community Award – Shane Edwards
* Guinane Medal (VFL best-and-fairest award) – Anthony Miles
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