Mccarthy bids good­bye to Pack­ers play­ers

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - SPORTS -

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Fired shortly af­ter Sun­day’s loss to the Ari­zona Car­di­nals, for­mer Green Bay Pack­ers coach Mike Mccarthy didn’t get a chance to say good­bye to the team he coached for most of the past 13 sea­sons. On Wed­nes­day, he got his chance. In­terim coach Joe Philbin al­lowed Mccarthy back into Lam­beau Field to speak to the team, and the play­ers bid him farewell with a stand­ing ova­tion.

“He held it to­gether as much as you can,” third-year de­fen­sive tackle Kenny Clark said on Thurs­day. “It was emo­tional. It was emo­tional for all of us. Mike came in, and we were sur­prised he was even com­ing in. See­ing him, gave him a round of ap­plause and thanked him. He was emo­tional about it, we were all emo­tional about it.” Line­backer Clay Matthews spent all 10 NFL sea­sons with Mccarthy.

“I was happy to see him,” Matthews said. “Ob­vi­ously, first thing’s first, you un­der­stand that this is a busi­ness and not many peo­ple get that op­por­tu­nity. For him to in­vest the past 13 years in this team, has given his heart and soul to us, to have that kind of clo­sure, it was great of the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“I know we re­ally en­joyed it. I’m sure he did from a clo­sure stand­point. Ob­vi­ously, we gave him the re­spect he de­served and send­ing him off with some fi­nal words.” The Pack­ers en­ter Sun­day’s home game against the At­lanta Fal­cons hav­ing lost five of the past six games to tum­ble to 4-7-1.

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