Pavlich was drafted to Fremantle with the No. 4 pick in the 1999 National Draft and has gone on to now play 291 games, kick 583 goals, win the club's best and fairest award six times, be named All-Australian on six occasions and has been the captain of the Dockers since 2007.
That is the record of a first ballot Hall of Famer once he retires and first becomes eligible, but the one thing missing from his resume is a premiership.
Before Saturday, it was a grand final appearance with Fremantle having never got close to the big stage of the MCG in the last Saturday of September but in Ross Lyon's second year as coach, everything clicked for the Dockers with their fanatical pressure earning them a chance at glory.
Only three players in history had ever had to play more games before a grand final than Pavlich and there was no better man to get the honour to lead Fremantle into its first grand final, but by Saturday night he was left feeling numb, annoyed and frustrated with the 15-point loss to Hawthorn.
"It’s hard to describe the feeling, really numb, annoyed and frustrated are the emotions associated with a loss but I guess when it’s the ultimate prize at the end it’s heightened even further," Pavlich said.
"I’m really proud of the group, outside all of those raw emotions. We’ve done so much, matured so much and grown so far so I’m really proud of the efforts of a lot of people at the football club.
"My teammates particularly but absolutely all the people that are associated on the outside that work so tirelessly to get us and give us the opportunity."
Missed opportunities in front of goal in the first half, which saw the Dockers go into the main break with just 1.6 on the board, and then again late in the game when Fremantle was trying to close the gap further on the Hawks are something that Pavlich and his teammates have a whole summer to ponder.
The 31-year-old isn’t sure if it was nerves, the conditions at the MCG or the pressure of the occasion that led to the missed shots on goal and indeed the lower than usual skill level around the ground for most of the day, but he is confident himself and his team will be back again in 2014.
"You’re going to have to ask the guys that didn’t execute. I was one in the second quarter, I missed a set shot. The wind was tricky, absolutely but it certainly comes down to being able to take the moment, seize the day and execute it. Clearly we’ve got some really hard lessons to learn on that front," Pavlich said.
"We certainly wasted some opportunities not only straight in front of goal but probably with our execution going into our forward line and forward structure certainly wasn’t were it should have been which made life challenging at times but certainly felt as though we fought back strongly after half time and arrested a lot of momentum.
"We had some opportunities as the game wore on to really capitalise but we fell short and lick our wounds. It’s a really bitter pill to swallow with all the hard work and sacrifice that it takes just to get to this point but reality is we weren’t good enough.
"We need to refresh and rejuvenate but reload again because they haven’t been easy to get to. It’s taken a lot of time to get here and it’s going to take a huge amount of effort and hard work again to get back."