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When the Packers had their welcome home celebration at frozen-to-the-core Lambeau Field after winning the Super Bowl, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt strode across the parking lot with something rectangular wrapped up in paper. Turns out, it was a sign for McCarthy's Way, a street to be named in honor of coach Mike McCarthy.
Here we are about 17 months later, and there is no McCarthy Way — at least a paved McCarthy's Way.
McCarthy's Way on the football field has been about winning.
Buoyed by last year's 15-1 run, McCarthy boasts a career record of 63-33. That .656 winning percentage ranks 16th in NFL history among coaches with at least 50 games. That's better than Hall of Famers Curly Lambeau, Tom Landry and Chuck Noll, among others. Mike Holmgren, who was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame on Saturday night and is a strong candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is .592 overall but was .670 in seven seasons in Green Bay.
"When I think about my career, I think about how fortunate I am to follow the coaches that have been here in the past," McCarthy told ESPNMilwaukee.com's Jason Wilde on his "Green and Gold Today" radio show. "Because I've been able to benefit so much from them – you look with Curly Lambeau, he's the one that laid the building blocks; Coach Lombardi, what he accomplished here was phenomenal; and then what Coach Holmgren and Ron Wolf were able to accomplish after such a long time where things weren't where they needed to be. Those are the individuals that built the blueprint and built the history and the tradition. Now, we're trying to extend the great tradition and history, and we feel a tremendous responsibility to that. I feel like I've benefitted from their careers and what they put in front of me. I feel like ours has been a little easier, frankly, than what they had to accomplish. I don't really think about legacy. Heck, I like to think I'm still in the first half of my career. We'll see how it goes."
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