With his ability to nonchalantly turn a 50-50 contest in the favour of his side, the former skipper has earned a reputation for not only winning the ball, but remaining unflustered as he moves it on.
It must be something to do with that basketball background.
Now less than 20 games shy of joining the league's illustrious 400-game club, Pendlebury has already wracked up multiple records across the course of his 18-year career, including the most recorded disposals, handballs, tackles and uncontested possessions in competition history.
However, after racking up 25 touches during Collingwood's preliminary final win last Friday, all before an MCG crowd of 97,665, the 2010 Norm Smith medallist is on the verge of re-writing another lesser-known chapter of the history books.
While Pendlebury has some way to go before knocking off North Melbourne's Brent Harvey for the most games in V/AFL history, the six-time All-Australian is on the verge of becoming the most watched footballer of all-time.
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Having signed a one-year extension in June, the 35-year-old appears a lock to break this particular record in due time.
The former Collingwood skipper will almost certainly break Fletcher's record in what will be his fifth AFL Grand Final appearance.
Obviously, nothing is set in stone, but with a grand total of 12,932,869 people having turned out for Collingwood's previous 190 finals at an average of more than 68,067 per game, knocking off the remaining 15,975 will be chump change in comparison.