An All-Too-Familiar Pose -- And We Can't get Enough of It!

Five back-to-back wins and now Coach Mike McCarthy is taking us back to the 'hood. I suspect this just might be one of the most emotional games for Coach -- after all, who doesn't want to go home and appear to have "made it" in some ways? Yet, scripture reminds us that even Jesus had a pretty tough time heading home: "Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor," Christ would discover. The Nazareth home team wanted to escort Jesus to the city limits, just because they did not understand what he was all about. "Where did he get all of this," they wondered? He would be "too much" for the people who knew him and his family from earlier days.

As you can imagine, I wish no harm on Coach McCarthy; quite the opposite. But as we are scheduled to head away from Heinz Field at 9:00 PM EST with a police escort taking us to Pittsburgh International Airport on Sunday night, I hope the folks of Steel City will have found Mike McCarthy to be "too much" for them as the team places their collective heart on the Pittsburgh gridiron. No doubt, Coach McCarthy will have some helpers along the way! Charles Woodson is one such guy.

Our Saint Norbert students have departed the college throughout the course of the week now that exam week has come to an end. Many of these great people would stop by my office to wish me well over the next six weeks and to offer me their wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The guys who have stopped in have offered their thoughts about the Pack. For the first time that I can remember, even the Chicago guys have been speaking a bit more positively about the Green and Gold:

Conversion? Good Taste? Tea Leaves? Christmas Spirit?

Whatever it is, I'm enjoying it, for sure! Many of the guys are marveling over Charles Woodson's successes this year. I would agree, he had better be the NFL Defensive Player of the year -- at least! But as students want to know more about Charles, there's not a lot that I can really say. Charles is a man of very few words. But his actions -- even off the field -- speak louder than words.

On Nov. 3, 2009, Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson visits with and gives an autographed football to 14-year-old Todd Bonnici, right, a patient at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. Woodson, the 1997 Heisman winner, led the Wolverines to a national championship in college football. Michigan's Children's Hospital announced on Thanksgiving Day a $2 million donation from Woodson. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

Here's one of the ways that Charles is making plays off the field these days:

So as you cheer on the Green and Gold this weekend, even you Bears Fans, throw out a shout to Mike McCarthy -- certainly the heart of this team. And be thankful for the guys like Charles who are making a difference in all sorts of ways!


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