England centre Mike Tindall paid a warm tribute to Martin Corry after the former national captain decided to retire from international rugby.
Corry was well respected by his fellow England players
Corry, who won 64 England caps, brought his Test career to a close after more than 10 years at the coalface.
"Cozza's one of those guys who is just an unsung hero, a little bit like (ex-England flanker) Richard Hill was for so long," Tindall told BBC Sport.
"He just goes about his business and does his job. He's the ultimate pro."
Corry came in for stinging criticism during his stint as England captain, with his spell in charge coinciding with a dismal run of results.
But Tindall, speaking at an EDF Energy National Schools Rugby Programme event in Gloucestershire, said Corry was a player the rest of the England squad looked at with the utmost respect.
You have to respect and honour what he has done for England over the years
Mike Tindall on Martin Corry
"Martin's a natural leader - he doesn't lead by words or by reeling out fancy catchphrases, but by what he does on the field," said Tindall.
Corry will play on with his club side Leicester, and Tindall said the 34-year-old could yet add to his collection of winners' medals.
"He had a great career with England, and I'm sure that will continue with Leicester," Tindall added.
"His decision probably had a lot to do with Leicester and with him thinking about his family. International rugby just gets harder and harder, and you just have to respect and honour what he has done for England over the years."
Corry is the fourth former England captain to stand down since the World Cup, following in the footsteps of Jason Robinson, Lawrence Dallaglio and Mike Catt.
The quartet won 275 Test caps between them but Tindall said England would not lack for leaders as they begin the process of rebuilding their side in the wake of their run to the World Cup final last year.
"I don't think there's going to be a problem in terms of the amount of experience in the England team," said Tindall.
"It's a situation now where people have come through bad times at the World Cup, held themselves together and then come out the other side. That is experience in itself, regardless of how many caps you have.
"There are players now who have to take on a bit more responsibility - your Lewis Moodys and Joe Worsleys. We are losing a lot of caps with Jason, Mike, Lawrence and Martin all standing down, but we have the people there to fill in."
With World Cup captain Phil Vickery coming under huge pressure for his place from Bath's Matt Stevens, Tindall is being talked of as a potential captain for the forthcoming Six Nations.
But the 29-year-old, while admitting he would be honoured to take the captain's armband, refused to be drawn on the issue.
"Obviously if you got that call, it would be the biggest honour you could receive in the game," he said.
"But I'll be happy just to make the squad in the first place, and then we can go from there."