Darren Lockyer believes Queensland's remarkable State of Origin streak ranks alongside Black Caviar and St George's 11-straight premierships in Australian sporting achievements.
The rugby league great doubted the Maroons' eight consecutive series victories would be repeated, but also warned NSW their misery would continue by tipping 10 straight triumphs for Mal Meninga's men.
Queensland's superior experience and composure, plus two home games next year, already had them "short-price favourites" for a ninth success in 2014 in Lockyer's eyes.
"We don't know when it will end but the day it does end, it will be a generation," the former Maroons and Test skipper said on Friday.
"It's a bit like the St George team that won 11 premierships in a row (from 1956-66).
"What this team has done will go down in the history of Australian sport, if not the world, as one of the greatest successes.
"It's also like Black Caviar where we just didn't know where it would end for her.
"They retired her but I don't think the Origin team is going to retire any time soon."
Led by league greats Johnny Raper, Reg Gasnier, Graeme Langlands and Billy Smith, St George won the NSWRL premiership for 11 years from 1956.
Lockyer, who captained Queensland to six series victories from 2006 before retiring in 2011, said dejected Blues fans couldn't be blamed for wondering if the drought would ever break after Wednesday night's 12-10 series-deciding loss at ANZ Stadium.
"I think that was probably their best chance for a while," he said.
"For Queensland to win away from home and be 8-2 down in the penalty count at a point in time just shows the character in this squad.
"The bond they have just seems to get stronger with each game.
"With two games in Brisbane next year - and the following year, there's a game in Melbourne - it will be three years before (NSW) get two in Sydney again.
"Ten is very achievable for the Queensland team.
"It's going to take a huge effort for this team to be beaten."
Contrary to a growing view the Maroons were fading as the likes of Cameron Smith, Jonathan Thurston, Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Sam Thaiday pass or approach 30, Lockyer said composure and stability were hallmarks of their success.
"I reckon that experience at this level is important," he said as he launched a limited-edition XXXXXXXX commemorative beer can for Maroons sponsors XXXX at their Milton Brewery.
"We talk about the big five in the current squad and they will be around for a few more years yet.
"While Cameron Smith is at the helm, and Mal Meninga is at the helm, and the other players who have been part of the success, it's going to be a very hard team to beat for a number of years."