Before they were Origin stars, they were footy fans like the rest of us. Here are the moments this year's Origin players remember most fondly in Origin history.

Jacob Lillyman (Maroons)

"A lot of people say the one where Mark Coyne scored at the death (in 1994) but another one for me was the first game at the new Suncorp (Game One of 2003 series). I played in one of the junior games before it and big Shane Webcke took it off the kick-off and Danny Buderus sprinted down to put a shot on him and put him on his backside. I used to love all the build-up and at our house we used to love the skits they'd do at the start of the coverage. I think they did Jack and the Beanstalk one year, we loved all that stuff."

Josh Jackson (Blues)

"My earliest memories are probably from watching guys like Nathan Hindmarsh and Andrew Ryan and Craig Fitzgibbon, guys like that. They were the sort of players that I grew up idolising so that's probably my earliest memory. Ever since I was this big I thought, That's what I want to do and to be part of it is a surreal and humbling experience."

Aidan Guerra (Maroons)

"Being a Townsville boy I always remember the time Matty Bowen took that intercept in 2005. That intercept sticks out and also the 'Locky' try in 2006 that everyone talks about as starting the run. There was that bad pass, he scooped it up and scored under the posts to win Queensland the game so that was pretty special. Gorden Tallis was probably my favourite player because he always stood for what it means to be a Queenslander and play tough."