Mike McCarthy says thanks

The fired Packer coach praises Packer fans in a full-page ad.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Front Page -

Tues­day night I walked onto the field at Lam­beau for the last time with my friends and leg­endary equip­ment guys Red Batty and T-Bone Bakken. I re­minded Red of our con­ver­sa­tion in 2006 when he told me that the pride was in the bricks in Lam­beau Field. More than ever, I now know the pride is in the peo­ple. It’s hard to ar­tic­u­late the im­pact this job had on me and my fam­ily. 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 has 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.” The Green Bay Pack­ers are a tremen­dous or­ga­ni­za­tion and I will al­ways be proud of my time with the team. A spe­cial thanks to Bob Har­lan and Ted Thomp­son who en­trusted me in 2006 with an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity to be the 14th Pack­ers head coach. Title­town is the great­est foot­ball town in Amer­ica. Rep­re­sent­ing this team was a priv­i­lege that I never once took for granted. Thanks to all of the play­ers I coached. It was an honor to lead you as you chased your dreams. I am proud that you al­ways re­flected the Pack­ers stan­dard while chas­ing ex­cel­lence in the ul­tra­com­pet­i­tive Na­tional Foot­ball League. You al­ways un­der­stood what an honor and priv­i­lege it was to rep­re­sent the or­ga­ni­za­tion and the com­mu­nity. To my coach­ing and sup­port staff: I will be for­ever in­debted to you and your loved ones for what you did for me and the or­ga­ni­za­tion. The amount of ded­i­ca­tion, com­mit­ment and time we spent to­gether will al­ways be our bond. Spe­cial thanks to my as­sis­tants Lisa Waeghe and Matt Klein who were in­te­gral parts of the team and our suc­cess. To the fans, your con­nec­tion to the team is spe­cial and unique. Thank you for your end­less pas­sion, en­ergy and com­mit­ment. That en­thu­si­asm is al­ways an im­por­tant com­po­nent of the Pack­ers suc­cess. 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. I wish noth­ing but the best for the Green Bay Pack­ers mov­ing for­ward. Sin­cerely, Mike McCarthy

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