Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Street picked to honor Mike McCarthy
By Rob Demovsky
GREEN BAY, Wis. – The best way to get to the street that will be named after Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy is to travel west on Lombardi Avenue and take a left turn onto Holmgren Way.
Clearly, the new Mike McCarthy Way will be located in the right neighborhood.
McCarthy is finally getting what the two previous Packers coaches who won Super Bowls have – a road that bears his name.
Just like Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren, there will be a street near Lambeau Field named for the current Packers coach. More than three years after leading the Packers to victory in Super Bowl XLV, McCarthy will have a stretch of what is currently Potts Avenue in the village of Ashwaubenon named after him.
The Ashwaubenon Village Board approved the change on Tuesday night. However, the change could be at least a year away, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, because some businesses located along the street are concerned that the cost of changing their address will be detrimental to their operations.
It has been a three-year long process for Green Bay-area government officials, headed by Mayor Jim Schmitt, to find a street to name after McCarthy, who is set to begin his ninth season as the Packers' head coach. Throughout the process, McCarthy tried to deflect attention away from himself and did not want the process to distract from his team.
In fact, when it was first proposed in 2011 shortly after the Super Bowl victory, McCarthy asked that it not be done during the season.
"I'm flattered," McCarthy said at the time. "It's an unbelievable gesture. But in my opinion, it's something that I'd like to see done in the offseason."