NFL fans recently witnessed the end of an era, as former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was relieved of duties following the team’s embarrassing 20-17 loss to the Cardinals at Lambeau Field last week.
McCarthy had been at the helm since 2006, and he led the team to a Super Bowl victory, so it’s clear that his tenure was still successful, despite how it ended.
And McCarthy has remained classy since being fired. He delivered a goodbye message to his players earlier in the week, and he also thanked fans with a full-page ad in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Green Bay Press-Gazette and other Gannett newspapers.
Here’s what the message said.
“It’s hard to articulate the impact this job had on me and my family,” he wrote. “From the beginning, Green Bay has welcomed me with open arms. I met my beautiful wife Jessica here and raised our family of 5 children who will always call Green Bay home. Thank you for the immense outpouring of love our family received this week and throughout our time here. This speaks to the quality of folks in the State of Wisconsin. Coach Lombardi said it best. ‘Green Bay is all about Faith, Family and Football.’
“There is an unmistakable pride that runs through the bloodline of all Green Bay Packers, and that is why it’s not the bricks … but the Packers people and the pride they have for this organization that I will miss the most.”
McCarthy truly is a class act, and we wish him well in the future.