Jack Graham grew up supporting Adelaide and idolising star Crows midfielder Rory Sloane.
On Saturday, the teenager shut down Sloane in a Grand Final and was a key player in Richmond's breakthrough premiership.
"You don't want to be a prick of a thing, but I needed to do my role for the team and shut him down. I respect him so much as a player," Graham said.
"I was mainly pushing him under [the ball]. I'm not a really physical guy, I didn't want to bash him because I respect him so much so I just wanted to annoy him a little bit.
"Maybe I did [get under his skin] a bit but he's a great athlete and an amazing player who I've modelled my game off for the last three or four years. To be next to him was amazing."