With 11 Anzac Day games under his belt, you'd think Scott Pendlebury would be a perfect source of advice on how to handle the big occasion.
But the Collingwood skipper isn't so sure, admitting he was a nervous wreck during his first taste of Anzac Day football.
At least 93,000 fans are expected to pack out the MCG on Wednesday for the latest Collingwood-Essendon blockbuster.
A regular fixture since 1995, the meeting has become the biggest AFL match outside the finals.
And while Pendlebury has become a reliable star of the show, winning the Anzac Medal as best afield in 2010 and 2011, it took him a while to find his feet.
"The first one (in 2007), I just remember being so nervous," he said.
"Being out there with 100,000 people, I just couldn't really gather myself at all for that whole game.
"Each year, you sort of get a little bit more composed. You still get the butterflies in your stomach with the ceremony that happens before the game.
"We've got a few first-timers tomorrow that will go through all those experiences which are fantastic for them."
With Collingwood set to field an unchanged lineup for Wednesday's match, six Magpies will make their Anzac Day debuts.
Nineteen-year-old draftee Jaidyn Stephenson, who slotted five goals against Adelaide last week, headlines the list which also includes father-son pick Callum Brown, Sam Murray, Ben Crocker, Lynden Dunn and Matthew Scharenberg.
All are likely to experience nerves but Pendlebury suggested midfield teammate Steele Sidebottom would be the man for them to speak to.
"I'll probably push them towards Steele," he joked.
"He had a better first Anzac Day than I did. I was really nervous; Steele was really composed.
"My message to them is to stay composed and enjoy the occasion. But it's not how I handled it - I was a bit of a mess."