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Green Bay Packer’s coach Mike McCarthy grew up in Pittsburgh, in a nieghborhood known as Greensfield. He grew up idolizing the team he is now facing in Super Bowl XLV, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
McCarthy grew up under the supervision of his parents, Joe and Ellen McCarthy, who both worked extra jobs just to make sure Mike and his brothers recieved a good education. As a high schooler, McCarthy worked a toll-booth at night studying plays for his high school team. Mike told people since he was a kid that he was someday going to be in the NFL, and they believed him.
“Mike’s the greatest kid in the world,” Bob, a regular at a bar Mike’s dad owned and where Mike worked during his high school days said. “Put it this way; If the Steelers weren’t in the Super Bowl, I’d want him to win. He deserves it.”
McCarthy’s allegiance to the Packers since 2006 have brough over some more fans too. His parents house, the same house that Mike lived in, now has a Terrible Towel hanging on the front porch with the words, “GO! PACK! GO!” sewed in on it. And no one in the nieghborhood complains. McCarthy’s old high school coach, Jim Gregg, is all Packer now as well. He still cheers for his Steelers, but the Packers have become number one. He has worn the same whistle his whole coaching career, and the rope was always Black and Yellow Steelers. It now shows the green and gold Packers.
“I’m so proud to be associated with him,” Gregg said. “He’s just a good person. He’s left the community, but he still remembers where he came from. He’s been very generous.”
McCarthy may be a Packer’s coach now, but he never forgets wear he come’s from. McCarthy has an annual donation sent to old high school, and its in his contract that the Packers organization does the same. Because of the donations, the school still thrives even with only 175 students attending. For Dara Pegher, it’s helped her family. Pegher graduated from St. Rosalia and says the coach’s donation made her daughter’s tuition bill more affordable. That’s what most of McCarthy’s gift went to, helping parents send their kids to the school he loves.
Pegher was asked earlier this week,”Green or Black?” and she responded without hesitation, “Green.” She then went on to say, “You know what? When that game(NFC Championship) started, I had tears in my eyes. Because he has worked so hard. And what he’s done for this school is a gift unlike any other gift. Prayers were answered.”
So McCarthy may be doing anything possible to beat Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV, but he will not forget where he came from. He is a Steel Man at heart.
*Information from an ESPN article was used.