While there were plenty more stories to come out of Hawthorn's 15-point win over Fremantle including Hawks ruckman Max Bailey fighting back from three knee reconstructions to become a premiership player and the Dockers' first grand final appearance, the story of Lake is remarkable.
Lake entered the AFL from South Australia at the end of 2001 and went on to amass 197 matches up until the end of 2012 at the Western Bulldogs in a colourful career that saw him earn an All-Australian defensive spot twice, win a best and fairest, and play in three losing preliminary finals.
However, there were times when his different nature saw him on the outer at the Western Bulldogs and in the end both club and player agreed it was best to part company at the end of 2012.
Hawthorn had been desperate to lure a gun, big key defender ever since Trent Croad was forced to retire after the 2008 grand final and the 31-year-old Lake fit the bill perfectly, and after a slow start through injury, it has been a perfect fit.
It has now culminated with Lake starring in the grand final win over Fremantle with 22 possessions and 10 marks to be awarded the Norm Smith Medal after being judged best afield in his first premiership triumph.
Twelve months ago, Lake was a spectator at the MCG as Sydney beat Hawthorn in the 2012 grand final and his day began out in the car park with him sitting in the back of a ute with some mates drinking some beers over a barbeque before going inside the ground to watch the match.
At that stage, playing in a grand final had been something Lake had only ever been able to dream about but one of the main reasons he came to Hawthorn was for the chance to play in one and not only has that now happened, but he is a premiership player and Norm Smith Medallist.
"This time last year I was sitting in the grandstand watching the grand final and it's amazing that 365 days later you have achieved what you have wanted to do since you first started playing AFL football and that's winning a premiership," Lake said.
"I've got to thank Hawthorn for that. They had the courage to pick me up and looked after me when I first got to the club and we got my body right.
"As soon as I did the press conference to announce I was coming to Hawthorn, I was in the weights room to do what I needed to start pre-season on Day 1. The medical staff and Andrew Russell have done a fantastic job to get my body in a position where I can play good football and help the side."
Lake never doubted that he would be able to make a success of his move to Hawthorn even though some might have seen it as a risky move from the Hawks.
However, his physical condition instantly underwent an overhaul and he has delivered in spades on the field as a reward for the faith Hawthorn put in him.
"When you are at one place for such a long time you get comfortable in the surroundings and with yourself," Lake said.
"I did it in junior football, I played for Port Magpies and moved to Woodville-West Torrens and my football went to the next level, and I looked at it that if I could do it at SANFL level I could do it in the AFL.
"At the age of 31, you have to gain respect from your new football club, the coach and players, and I looked at that as an exciting challenge. There was a few little hiccups along the way but the club has been fantastic. The saying is that if you embrace Hawthorn, Hawthorn will embrace you and I've tried to stick to that."
Lake might no longer be at the Bulldogs, but he still has close friends at the club and one of those is Brownlow Medallist Adam Cooney who even shed a tear when he visited his old mate in the Hawthorn rooms after the grand final.
Lake had never seen Cooney cry over anything before, but did when he had a premiership medal around his neck and it was a similar story with his father.
"When you play at a club for 11 years and put your heart and soul into the club, they were willing to give me a lot of support. To then have Adam in the rooms after the game was great and he's a very close mate," Lake said.
"He got a little bit emotional and it's actually the first time I've seen him with a tear in his eye. He didn’t cry over his kids, but he cried when I won a premiership and friendships like that are unbelievable.
"It was a magnificent feeling when we knew we'd won. I thought I better go over to the family and my mum and dad were there, and it was the first time I've seen him cry in a while too. It is a brilliant experience and one I'll remember for the rest of my life."