Return To Titletown: Dignitaries Congratulate Packers
Senator Herb Kohl, Governor Scott Walker. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GREEN BAY - Before the Green Bay Packers took the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, and before the Lombardi Trophy entered the stadium for "Return to Titletown," dignitaries and the man who's at the top of the Green Bay Packers offered congratulations and thanks for the team's incredible run to win Super Bowl XLV.
"We're proud to bring the Lombardi trophy back where it belongs, back in Green Bay," said Packers President Mark Murphy.
"I want to thank you, the fans. We have the best fans in the NFL," words which drew a huge scream.
"I also want to thank a number of other people. As everyone knows we have a unique structure, but it works. It brings us championships."
"I want to acknowledge Ted Thompson. The jobs he and his staff did this year was phenomenal, with the injures we had."
"We won a Super Bowl. That's a tribute to Ted."
Then came the men who took the architect's plan and made it reality.
"I want to recognize Mike McCarthy and his staff. A phenomenal job," said Murphy
"I want to thank all our players. We have an unbelievable group of players."
Following Murphy's words, political dignitaries from the city, state and national level each gave their congratulations and even made proclamations about the team.
"I've authorized the permanent renaming of a street that will be called McCarthy's Way," said Mayor Jim Schmitt of Green Bay, holding up a "McCarthy's Way" sign that will end up on a street corner in the city.
Next up was Governor Scott Walker, who said a day wasn't enough for this team.
"For the entire month of February, it's the Super Bowl XLV Champion Green Bay Packer month."
Finally, a trip from the nation's capital for a man who owns another one of Wisconsin's pro sports teams.
"You are associated with the best of our entire country," said Senator Herb Kohl about the Packers. "We believe in the Packers now and forever."