As one of the greatest passers-by of his generation, Glenn Hoddle made many great returns.
But none has ever been as intimidating or harrowing as this one.
Little did the legend of Tottenham and England know if he could ever return to the television studio where he suffered his near-fatal cardiac arrest.
His heart stopped for at least 60 seconds when he collapsed during a live broadcast on BT Sport on his 61st birthday on October 27, 2018.
After receiving Simon Daniel’s CPR from the scale, Hoddle was admitted to the hospital where he underwent quadruple cardiac bypass.
Almost exactly three years later, the expert’s return to the studio will be captured in a new BT Sport documentary about his life that will be shown next week.
And when Hoddle returned to the place where his life almost ended, he had to ask to stop filming as he was understandably overwhelmed by emotion.
Speak with Sun sports in the same studio, he said, “I knew it was going to be difficult, but it was probably harder than what we see in the documentary.
“Did I think of not doing it? Good question.
“It was hard to come back here. Coming back to this point was not easy. Lots of people talk about where we were born.
“You say the location and whether it was at home or in a hospital, whatever.
“But very rarely can you talk about or see the place where you may have died.
“And there is a place a few meters over there and I almost went there.
“If Simon hadn’t saved my life, I would have died that day.
“So it was difficult to come back here. Am i glad i did? Now I am.
“But I wasn’t satisfied until after I did it.”
Now back on screen so regularly, the 63-year-old admitted he had concerns about coming back.
He said, “There was a time before I wondered why I should do this to myself.
“To grow up as a young footballer and then as a professional, you have to overcome a lot of adversity.
“You have to have a strong will and go into this mode.
“It was never really me as a person, but I knew I had to do that to make it in football.
“So I became an actor in a lot of ways. And I may have had to do the same thing to get back to the BT Sports studio.
“I wasn’t looking forward to it.
“I can’t say I enjoyed it, but I was glad I did. In a way, it helped me. “
Hoddle insisted the documentary helped too.
He added, “Incidents like this change your life.