Return To Titletown: Packers Commit To Another Title
Return To Titletown Review by Jay Sorgi
Fireworks exploded over Lambeau Field after a dimming of the lights. Instead of looking up above, I'd rather look at fireworks reflect off the Lombardi Trophy.
Next, the Super Bowl MVP, Aaron Rodgers:
"What's up, Titletown???!!!"
"I just want you to know, for the next year, you can steal my belt celebration, because we're the champions of the world. Put that on whenever you want."
"Until two days ago, the greatest day of my sporting career was April 23, 2005, when this organization picked me in the draft."
"It's been a great journey the last six years with you guys. I've been able to meet some great men and women, not just you here in the organization, but we've got the greatest fans in the world."
"Nothing like Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas and hearing Go Pack Go."
"We brought that title back home! We love you!"
Rodgers on the Super Bowl:
"We get a great week of practice in. The game study, the film...there's nobody who can stop us."
"You've got to give credit to James Starks, the way he ran the football this postseason."
"It hurt to lose Donald, but Jordy stepped up, played incredible."
"We've been through a lot together, a lot of adversity, but we stuck together. We love each other, we pick up each other when we're down."
"The defense came up big all year. Six point lead, needing a stop to win the championship, and they came up big."
Rodgers on coming back next year:
"The core is coming back. I tell you what Green Bay, we're going to be right back here next year doing this exact same thing."
It's the offense's turn to address the crowd after Jason Spitz took his shirt off and did a bellyflop.
"It's unbelievable. We'll be remembered forever. It was great. Had a lot of opportunities, tried to make the most of them."
- Jordy Nelson
"It was unbelievable. You play this game to get to that stage. To have an opportunity to bring the Lombardi Trophy back here, it's unreal right now."
- Greg Jennings
"We got a great bunch of guys. They never gave up. They believed in themselves. They just kept working. A great group of assistant coaches. The position guys on offense did a phenomenal job."
- O'Coordinator Joe Philbin
"We decided that we had to do it. It started here, and look where we're at now. We're Super Bowl Champs, baby."
"Guys believed. When you get guys believe that you can accomplish anything, you can do it...we've got the Vince Lombardi Trophy back at home."
"We love you (fans) so much. Without you, we woudln't be able to accomplish what we accomplish. We love you guys. Thank you for your support. Guess what? We're Super Bowl champs, baby!"
- Donald Driver
"He's from California, so he's trying to stay by the heat."
- Driver on James Jones
"It's a great group of receivers. I love playing with them. We're very unselfish. If we weren't unselfish, we couldn't bring the trophy home."
- James Jones
"I got two hours of sleep in 48 hours. It was exciting."
"Aaron did an excellent job out there. If we give him time, he can pick any defense apart. Our offense did an awesome job."
- Scott Wells
"It really means a lot to come out here and see all the fans bare the elements on a work day...thank you very much!"
"Our whole team is (blue collar.) We play on Lambeau Field, the Frozen Tundra. We're going to come out here and bear it...we're proud here to bring the trophy to you."
"It was an incredible feeling. It didn't matter who we were playing on Sunday. We were going to bring the trophy back to Green Bay."
- John Kuhn
The special teams join up with Wayne and Larry: Jarrett Bush, Tim Masthay, Mason Crosby and coordinator Shawn Slocum.
"It was awesome. I have to tip my hat to the rest of my teammates....we did it, man."
"These guys lay it on the line. It's the Super Bowl. Just go play fast and try to make plays and don't hold anything back. We did just that."
"Our guys did a great job taking the plan and the work and moving it forward throughout the season, overcoming a bunch of obstacles."
"It takes an energy like we have in this stadium full of Packers fans. It takes guys that disregard their body and lay it on the line and being all in."
"I never thought that playing in the freezing cold would be so much fun."
"You just deal with it. It's just a blast to be part of this organization. Hope to be around here and be with this organization for a while."
"It's fitting that we're out here and freezing, and windy. We should have played the Super Bowl here. We took this cold weather down to Dallas and made it our hometown."
"We did a great job covering all day and we were able to stick them back there on that last drive...and the defense just shut them down."
The defense takes the mike: Nick Collins, Clay Matthews, Charles Woodson, and coordinator Dom Capers.
"I'm never going to come down from this. This is what you play for. This is something that nobody can ever take from us. I'm never coming down from this high."
"I thought we had a special team all season, just the way we continued to battle all the injuries we battled through. Going into the Giants game, knowing if we lost that game we were out...we did it. We did it."
"I couldn't have done it without my teammates, the coaches, the fans. I attribute all the team's success to everybody that's been around the organization, and most importantly you, the fans."
"It was just an emotional heartfelt speech from Charles. He really told us that he was proud of us. He told us to finish the way we know how to."
"We just play as one unit. There's no individuals on our team. We believe in each other to go out there and just play football for 60 minutes. We're champions right now."
"Something I'm going to cherish for the rest of my life."
"I don't think there's any question. We've been blessed to have the best defensive players in the national football league."
"A lot of people don't' realize that I've been involved in the last two Packers Super Bowls. I figured if you can't beat them, you need to join them."
Mike McCarthy gave a guarantee among his comments.
"They have great confidence, great resolve, unbelievable support from Packer Nation, and we're going to do it again next year."
And Ted Thompson said the obvious in his first words.
"It's a great day to be a Packer, isn't it? This is a great group of guys. It took everybody on the team to win this thing. The Lombardi Trophy is back in Green Bay."
Out of the southeast end zone tunnel....Mike McCarthy, Ted Thompson and...the return of the Lombardi Trophy!!!
Coach McCarthy lets fans touch the most coveted trophy in American team sports.
The players started filing in, with respective position coaches.. They had their own video cameras...like many of the thousands in the crowd themselves.
They began with the grunts that the fans love, the linemen, then the linebackers and tight ends.
They were followed by the running backs and wide receivers, the secondary and, yes, the quarterbacks - and they got the biggest cheer.
Wayne Larrivee and Larry McCarren introduced the coaching staff, with a big roar for defensive coordinator Dom Capers.
Before introducing the players, Wayne Larrivee and Larry McCarren brought on special dignitaries. Among their comments:
"I want to thank you, the fans. We have the best fans in the NFL." - Packers President Mark Murphy
"I've authorized the permanent renaming of a street that will be called McCarthy's Way." - Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt
"For the entire month of February, it's the Super Bowl XLV Champion Green Bay Packer month." - Governor Scott Walker
"We believe in the Packers now and forever." - Senator Herb Kohl.
Preview by Tom Murray, Jay Sorgi and the WTMJ News Team
GREEN BAY - Tens of thousands of fans are at Lambeau Field on a cold afternoon in Green Bay to cheer their favorite football team.
And not one down of football will be played.
Instead, the Packers and their fans are holding a celebration of their Super Bowl XLV victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers to earn their record 13th world championship.
The celebration kicked off at 4:00 p.m., and fans braced for a frigid party.
"It's not as cold as the Ice Bowl, but it's darn close," said Pat Chitko.
Fans will hear from Packers President Mark Murphy, General Manager Ted Thompson, Head Coach Mike McCarthy and the entire team.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt and other dignitaries will also take part.
Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Voice of the Packers Wayne Larrivee and Larry McCarren will host the event.
You can catch it exclusively on Newsradio 620 WTMJ and TODAY'S TMJ4 starting at 4:00 p.m., with a TV rebroadcast at 7:00 p.m. on TODAY'S TMJ4.
Preparations for Packers Party with 70,000-Plus
Many Packers fans have arrived at Lambeau Field early Tuesday morning for the celebration, and many of them pitched in to help get the stadium ready.
Lambeau Field literally turned into an "Ice Bowl" since the Packers last played there, in their playoff-clinching win over the Chicago Bears on January 2nd.
A crew salted and chipped ice away to get the stadium ready for the world champions' return to Lambeau.
"Anything for my Packers," said Scott Vercauteren. He drove from Milwaukee to shovel and celebrate.
"I've been waiting since '96 for the title to come back to Green Bay."
Kevin Biesterveld wanted to go to Tuesday's event, but it sold out, so helping get the stadium ready was the next best thing.
"I waited too long," admitted Kevin, from Little Chute. "I waited until this morning."
In contrast, the Chitko family from Muskego showed up early, taking some time at the Packers Pro Shop.
"(It) gives (my kids) a chance to live this," said Donna Chitko.
Her son Michael and his friend Michael Lafferty, who are both high school freshmen, skipped class.
"It's the first Super Bowl that I actually remember," said Michael Chitko.
"One of the best feelings I've ever had, watching my favorite team with the Super Bowl," described Lafferty.
Diane Hansen, from Manitowoc, had her hands full buying championship gear, as she's shipping it all over North America.
"I have a son in Montana, one in Calgary, and one in Iowa," admitted Hansen.