Mitchell Pearce doesn't need to stand next to the Wally Lewis statue.
Nor does he have to visualise the moment. Because, finally, mercifully, he has lived it. Mitchell Pearce is finally part of a NSW State or Origin series win.
And the winning try emanated from what, else, a Pearce pass, when the scores were level and something special was required when they were playing for all of the marbles.
This 80 minutes was meant to inform us about Mitchell Pearce, the football and the man, in a way that 268 NRL appearances and 18 previous State of Origin matches never could. That somehow all that he has and will achieve will be seen through the prism of this one performance and somehow put it all into its proper perspective.
Of course, it doesn't work like that. The result, aside from determining where the shield went, would also determine what we made of Pearce. You can't get a 20th call-up unless the ledger is at least partly redressed. The Newcastle captain's record still makes his state wince but at least it registers a series win. In a decider, no less.
It was fitting that it came in such circumstances. A Queensland side storming back home in front of a packed house. The type of pressure that was too much for him when he first entered the Origin furnace as a fresh-faced teenager. More than a dozen games later and still he couldn't crack it. Perhaps that what makes this victory all the sweeter.
There is never any grey area when Pearce wears the sky blue. As the halfback, he can only be cast as the hero or the villain. He has become typecast after mastering only the latter role. Here he was showing us his range on the greatest stage, a member of a NSW side that won the Origin series. Finally.
Given his involvement in that final, brilliant play, it is easy to get carried away. That this was a Pearce blinder. Or that this makes up for everything else that had come before at Origin level. The fact, however, is that all of Pearce's skills on Wednesday night were executed at a passable level. His kicks were easily defused, almost always finding an opposition player that the ANZ Stadium turf. The bombs never spiralled like those of Corey Norman, nor had the accuracy of some of those produced by Daly Cherry-Evans. Late in the first half, while pressing the Maroons line, the Blues put in two kicks on the last tackle, Pearce the latter. His side ended up further from the Maroons tryline than when it started the movement. This time it wasn't costly.
The Newcastle captain's strength is his running game, but rarely did he challenge the line. Instead he was happy to distribute, sometimes effectively. The try that gave the Blues the lead was scored by James Tedesco. Pearce passed him the ball and it may technically go down as a try assist, even if the Roosters custodian did almost all of the work. But it spoke to the fact that, when the playmaker had to make a call, he made the right one.
On another occasion, with the Blues leading and pressing the Maroons line, Pearce wasted the opportunity by throwing an errant pass. But unlike previous years, there was no Cooper Cronk or Cameron Smith or Greg Inglis or Billy Slater or Johnathan Thurston to make him pay.
For once, Mitchell Pearce was on the right side of history.