Trevor Foster has become the eighth Welsh rugby league star to be inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame.
Foster won 16 Wales caps and three for Great Britain
Billy Boston, one of the 10 original Hall of Fame members, presented him with the award in Cardiff on Friday.
Foster, who was born in Newport in 1916, said he was "proud and honoured to receive the award."
He joined Bradford Northern (now Bradford Bulls) from Newport RFC for £400 in 1938, going on to play 428 games for the club, scoring 140 tries.
Foster won three Great Britain caps and also played 16 times for Wales, seven as captain.
He was the key forward of an outstanding Bradford side in the post-war period.
The team reached the Challenge Cup Final in 1947, 1948 and 1949, winning in 1947 and 1949 with Foster scoring late in each game.
He was known throughout the game for his sportsmanship and fair play, never once being cautioned or sent off in his 17-year career.
Since his retirement in 1955 he has remained a servant of the Bradford club as successively coach, director and chairman of the supporters club.
He is currently the Bulls timekeeper for Super League home games.
Perhaps his greatest service came in 1963 when the club disbanded, unable to fulfil its fixtures.
He then led efforts to reconstitute the club which was able to rejoin the league the following season.
Without his work it is unlikely that the club would exist today.
Wales Sport Hall of Fame: 2004 inductees
Terry Griffiths (snooker)
Trevor Foster (rugby league)
Tony Lewis (cricket)
Ivor Powell (football)
Bryn Jones (football, posthumous)
Arthur Whitford (gymnastics, posthumous)