McCarthy, Packers to celebrate Christmas with families before Bears game
Mike McCarthy. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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GREEN BAY - NFL coaches certainly wish their players the happiest of holidays, but often, they have to spend them together on a practice field or in a hotel depending on how the calendar works for their next game.
But even though the Green Bay Packers have a Christmas night showdown with the archrival Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy is giving his players the gift of spending Christmas Eve and Day with their families instead of their normal night-before-a-game protocol of staying together in a hotel.
"The schedule is unique, the way it fell. The fact that we're at home is a blessing," McCarthy told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."
"When we travel, if it's a night game, there's a lot of dead time where we're sitting around. I just felt that it was important for the players and coaches to be with their families, so this is the first time that we will not stay at a hotel before the game. We'll finish all of our work Saturday around noon, as we normally do, and then we'll come back together Sunday afternoon for another hour so we can review some things and play Sunday night. With that, all the players and coaches will be home for Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with their families."
Has McCarthy done his Christmas shopping?
"I'm done, ready to go. The tree is loaded. We're just trying to keep our kids from opening their presents too soon."
And the coach wished WTMJ listeners the same thing he wishes his team and has given his team with one of the most important things about the holiday: family.