Green Bay (WQOW) – The Packers parted ways with long-time head coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday, but the coach was back with the team this week saying goodbye one last time.
McCarthy addressed his former players in person on Wednesday.
According to the Green Bay Packers, Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy and GM Brian Gutekunst and interim head coach Joe Philbin were all on board with the idea.
The Packers say the speech went well beyond Xs and Os and McCarthy received a standing ovation.
McCarthy was the second-longest tenured coach in Packers history – behind only Curly Lambeau.
“He did a fantastic job talking to the team not just about football and winning football games, but his passion for the game, his love for the players was clearly evident” Philbin said at a press conference Thursday. “I’m sure it was emotional for him.”
Wednesday, Philbin lead the Packers in their first full practice since McCarthy was fired. The Packers host the Atlanta Falcons at noon on Sunday at Lambeau Field.