"This is such a unique, special, gracious gift and I'm humbled," said McCarthy, as he held back tears at a ceremony Wednesday afternoon.
The coach who lead the Packers to victory at Super Bowl XLV is getting an honor reserved for green and gold elite. A portion of Potts Avenue, from Ashland Avenue to Oneida Street, will be renamed Mike McCarthy Way.
"I actually ride down Potts Avenue on a daily basis," said McCarthy. "So to pull up to this stadium and have the opportunity to coach here and now to be recognized, it's unique."
But it will likely be months before the name-change becomes official. Ashwaubenon Village President Mike Aubinger said the Packers have agreed to negotiate covering some of the added costs the new name will have on local businesses.
"Waiting a few months until they're out of their stock of labels and tags or whatever," explained Aubinger.
"I did a rough estimate and we were in the area of $9,000," said Tim Glodoski, owner of Soap Products Co.
Almost every item at the store has a tag with the Potts Avenue address.
"Then you got charge books, delivery books, even your business checks. All have the address on them," he explained.
Glodoski said making the change will be a financial burden, but time and money will help.
"If it's 8 months to a year, that gives us a chance to go through our inventory," he said.
Coach McCarthy said he knows the process of change is never easy, but he truly appreciates everyone who made this happen.
"It's been fun and I'm really looking forward to the years ahead," he added.
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