Mike McCarthy says goodbye, thanks fans
GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Former Packers Coach Mike McCarthy said goodbye to Green Bay and Packers fans.
Saturday morning, he thanked fans for their love and support.
McCarthy took out an ad in newspapers across the state.
"I thought the ad was very powerful," said Ross Telles.
"He has a lot of character," said Brandon Wenman. "I thought it was nice that he took out the ad to thank the fans and the community."
In it, McCarthy says in the Green Bay Press-Gazette:
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 their 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 the 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 ultra-competitive 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.
Kwik Trip assistant manager Mathew Pesmark said newspapers were going quicker than usual on Saturday.
"We're usually here and there, but this morning we've had a lot of people buying papers," he said. "What I found most impressive was a lot of people's reactions to it. Because before that, a lot of people were really pushing to get him canned, then after it happened everyone was like 'maybe we shouldn't have.' He just came off very genuine."
Fans over at Titletown called McCarthy's letter "Classy.
"It's a very classy way to go out and just thank the city." said Telles.
"I think he went out in style. I don't know that he necessarily ended on the terms that he wanted to. So I think it was classy of him," said Emily Alexander.
His message can be found in several papers around the state.