Former Hawthorn premiership forward Paul Hudson says he has no doubt State of Origin football would be a success should the AFL bring about its return.
The son of champion forward Peter played in the legendary Tasmanian side that defeated Victoria in 1990 before a 245-game AFL career with Hawthorn, Western Bulldogs and Richmond.
Hudson kicked three goals in the 33-point win at North Hobart Oval as Tasmania upset a side featuring the likes of Gary Ayres, Mick Martyn and Terry Wallace.
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"It really kickstarted my career," the 48-year-old said.
"I thank [coach] Robert Shaw for picking me - I hadn't played a senior game in that game in 1990 and I ended up playing in a grand final a year later, so it really was a good opportunity and launching pad for me.
"I get goosebumps just thinking about Tassie in that game - I think there was some vision after the game of how excited I was to have beaten Victoria and representing your state, there's nothing better."
The AFL has not held a proper State of Origin match since the 1999 season, when Victoria easily accounted for South Australia in front of 26,063 at the MCG.
A match between Victoria and the Dream Team celebrated 150 years of AFL in 2008, but the concept has otherwise never looked likely of being revisited.
"We played for no money, you play for pride and I'm not sure if the current day footballer would do that," Hudson said.
"They're worried about getting injured .. that doesn't even cross your mind, if it happens it happens.
"I was giving some thought to when do you play State of Origin ... if the AFL wanted to I think you'd get the crowd support and attendance if you were to do it.
"Have a block of two to three weeks in the middle of the season, start the season a little bit earlier so you allow for that State of Origin month in the middle of the year like Queensland and New South Wales [in the NRL].
"But it's up to the players, and their attitudes and mindsets have changed since we played."