A match-winning field goal in golden-point extra time in the final round of the season was enough for Cooper Cronk to just edge out Johnathan Thurston, Daly Cherry-Evans and Todd Carney for this year's Dally M Medal.
In Sydney last night, the Melbourne halfback was crowned the NRL's player of the year, two points ahead of Thurston, Cherry-Evans and Carney.
A hamstring injury forced Carney out of Cronulla's final two games of the season; going into the last round he was equal with Cronk on 26 points and two points clear of Thurston and Cherry-Evans.
Thurston and Cherry-Evans polled two points in the last round but Cronk's golden point field goal in a thriller against the Titans saw the Queensland halfback take out the award for the first time.
The Kangaroos No 7, who joined Cameron Smith (2006) and Billy Slater (2011) as one of three Storm players to win the Dally M medal, also took out the halfback of the year award.
Smith also had a successful night, taking home the hooker and representative player of the year awards.
The Storm skipper also picked up the captain of the year award.
South Sydney fullback Greg Inglis continued the Queensland domination when he received the Provan-Summons Medal as the best player in the game as voted by the fans.
The Rabbitohs superstar was also named fullback of the year for the first time.
Given all players in the top three of the Dally M voting automatically win their positional award, Carney and Thurston shared the five-eighth of the year award.
The Sydney Roosters' fairytale season continued as coach Trent Robinson pipped South Sydney mentor Michael Maguire and Manly's Geoff Toovey for the coach of the year award.
Boyd Cordner (second-rower of the year) and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (winger of the year) were also honoured.
Manly veteran Jamie Lyon capped off an incredible season with the centre of the year award, while Brisbane's Corey Parker was voted lock of the year.
South Sydney big man George Burgess also added the Dally M rookie of the year award to the Rugby League Player Association's rookie of the year title that he took out just over a fortnight ago.
Rooster James Maloney was honoured as the NRL's top point-scorer, while David Williams (Sea Eagles), James McManus (Knights) and David Simmons (Panthers) shared the top try scorer award.
The Peter Frilingos headline moment of the year went to the Burgess brothers becoming just the second quartet of siblings to play first grade together in rugby league history.