Emotional McCarthy appreciative of street honor
ASHWAUBENON - An emotional McCarthy says he's honored to join other Packers elite who have a street near Lambeau Field.
Tuesday night, the Ashwaubenon Village Board unanimously approved changing a portion of Potts Avenue to Mike McCarthy Way.
There is going to be a several month phase in period before the signs read Mike McCarthy Way. However that didn't stop Ashwaubenon from holding a ceremony Wednesday afternoon to honor the coach and his new street.
“It's been fun and I'm really looking forward to the years ahead,” said McCarthy.
In what he believes is the middle of his run as Packers Head Coach, McCarthy says his new street is a reflection of his team's accomplishments.
“There's not a day that goes by that I don't look forward to coming into work,” said McCarthy. “I actually ride down Potts Avenue on a daily basis.”
The Packers have agreed to help cover Potts Ave. businesses' cost of changing letterheads, signs, and business cards to Mike McCarthy Way.
“You walk around other NFL stadiums you don't see streets named after players and coaches,” said Mark Murphy, Packers President & CEO. “I think it's something that really does help the community and we want to be supportive of everybody in the community.”
The effort to name a street after McCarthy started after he led the Packers to victory in Super Bowl 45 three years ago.
“It's obvious it's the right street when it intersects with Bart Starr Drive, Holmgren Way, and it's parallel to Lombardi Avenue,” said Mike Aubinger, Ashwaubenon’s village president.
McCarthy says the honor wouldn't be possible without his family, players, and the team's general manager.
“Ted Thompson, the opportunity for partnership, I wouldn't be here without you,” said McCarthy while fighting back tears.
Now that his legacy has been cemented with a street, McCarthy has his sights set on another road. It starts Saturday with training camp, and ends in February at Super Bowl 49.
“All streets that lead to Lambeau Field eventually lead to championships, so thank you for being here today and we'll see you in Arizona,” said McCarthy.
Aubinger says the only cost to taxpayers will be changing the street signs. He says that will be no more than a thousand dollars.