Return To Titletown: McCarthy Plans 2nd Title
Charles Woodson, Dom Capers. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GREEN BAY - The moment the entire state of Wisconsin had waited for over a 14-year period finally came to reality at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday afternoon during "Return To Titletown."
Out of the southeast corner of Lambeau Field came Packers coach Mike McCarthy, holding the Vince Lombardi Trophy in his right hand, letting Packers fans in the front row touch the most coveted award in team sports.
And after he and general manager Ted Thompson stepped up to the stage on the field, he made a statement of commitment that this Lombardi Trophy earned for their 31-25 win over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV wouldn't be the last one.
"We'll keep bringing them trophies back home to you," McCarthy said.
He explained that the belief this team could win it all spawned from the aftermath of one of the most heartbreaking defeats in team history, the 51-45 loss in overtime of the NFC Wildcard game to the Arizona Cardinals.
"After we lost the Arizona game last year, the players felt very strongly that we had the team to go win a championship. Our path was different, obviously, with the injuries," McCarthy explained.
"They have great confidence, great resolve, unbelievable support from Packer Nation, and we're going to do it again next year."
General Manager Ted Thompson, who constructed the team, explained that every piece of the Packers puzzle was needed to complete the championship picture.
"It took everybody on the team to win this thing," said Thompson to the 50,000-plus assembled fans.
"There was no way were going to do this without our guys being good teammates. It took everybody to win this thing. It's just remarkable what these young men did."