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McCarthy Knows Living Up to Lombardi Not Easy


The Packers have a shot Sunday to get back another title that was named after their late coaches namesake – the Vince Lombardi trophy. While it won’t be easy, the team is favored ever so slightly to top the Pittsburgh Steelers in Dallas, and seem confident about their chances to take home the biggest title in sports.

Tuesday it was media day, and Packers coach Mike McCarthy was hit hard with the question about living up to the legacy that Lombardi left behind after he led Green Bay to Super Bowl wins in SB I and II.

“I don’t look at it like that. I don’t give it much thought. I look at it as an asset. When you walk into your building every day and you have pictures of Curly Lambeau, Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren – our history is among us all of the time,” McCarthy said.

“It creates a standard and expectation that fits right along with our vision. I look at the history of the Green Bay Packers as a tremendous asset to our football team, the commitment to football, football operations, from the rest of our administration, just the way we’re structured. It’s all about winning on the field. That’s a tremendous advantage that we feel that we have in Green Bay.”

One interesting thing about McCarthy is the fact he was raised in the Pittsburgh area. Last season when the Steelers and Packers played late in the 2009 season, it was a big sidebar to the game. Now, with the title on the line, McCarthy again was asked about his upbringing, and how it could affect the way he coaches having seen the greats all around him in Pittsburgh growing up.

Greenfield community and Pittsburgh is a very special place. It was very unique to me back in the ‘70’s. My family is still there,” McCarthy said. “It’s just the way of how people took care of one another. It was always about the kids. There were so many kids at that particular time in our neighborhood.

“There were a lot of activities to do. You felt that was your own city. For people to ask you where you’re from instead of saying Pittsburgh you say, ‘I’m from Greenfield.’ There was such a pride and tight-knit community. It’s clear that it’s a big part of who I am today.”

And he hopes that as of Sunday night, he will be able to make Green Bay as well as Greenfield proud with another title for the Packers and their franchise.

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