Mike McCarthy spent 13 years as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers before being fired after Sunday’s miserable loss to the lowly Arizona Cardinals. He addressed the team one last time on Tuesday and took out a full-page ad to address the fans.
Via Packers News:
“It’s hard to articulate the impact this job had on me and my family,” McCarthy said in the body of the ad. “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.'”
During his run McCarthy took the Packers to nine playoff appearances and one Super Bowl win. The Packers have themselves a job ahead of them to replace McCarthy. Not because of his success (if you call a single Super Bowl in 13 years success), but to find a coach that looks as much like the people of Green Bay as McCarthy does.