His former manager, Mick O'Dwyer, waxed lyrical about the player. "There has never, at least in my understanding of Gaelic football, been a better inside forward than John Egan. I can't say he was the best, but I can say there was no-one better," O'Dwyer declared.
Current Kerry selector Ger O'Keeffe, who started out on the same underage team in 1969 and continued as a senior colleague until 1984, remarked: "He taught me how to be a good corner-back because he was such a brilliant corner-forward. John was the unsung hero."
Egan hit 14 goals and 59 points during a championship career stretching from 1973 to 1984.