Jim Irwin Remembered

Former Packers coach Holmgren calls Irwin 'a special guy'

CREATED Jan 24, 2012

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GREEN BAY - A man who coached the Packers to a world championship remembered the radio voice of that team who passed away. 

In the last seven years of Jim Irwin's tenure as 620WTMJ's Voice of the Packers, Irwin and Packers coach Mike Holmgren talked before every game.

"We had a very close relationship," said Holmgren during a news conference about his impending induction into the Packers Hall of Fame this summer.

Irwin passed away Sunday after a battle with kidney cancer.  He was 77.

Holmgren explained that Irwin's relationship with him meant a lot.

"Jim was a special guy.  He was an all-star long before I got there.  He made me feel like an all-star, and he had that ability."

Their chats went far beyond Sunday morning chats for Packers Radio Network pregame shows, and Holmgren learned early on of the greatness Irwin, partner Max McGee and eventual broadcast teammate Larry McCarren produced in the booth while Holmgren's teams turned from also-rans to Super Bowl champions.

"I always appreciated him and what he stood for, and how he projected and presented the Packers to everyone else," said Holmgren.

"My prayers go out to Jim's family."