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Champions: Green Bay Packers bring Lombardi Trophy back to Titletown

Feb. 6, 2011
 
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, left, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers celebrate their win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, left, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers celebrate their win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. / Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette

ARLINGTON, Texas — Mike McCarthy was concise and on target.

"This is our time,” he said after his Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 to capture their fourth Super Bowl title and 13th pro football championship. “We’re the Super Bowl champions.”

Indeed they are, Green Bay.

And what a time!

As the glitter settled below the mammoth scoreboard at Cowboys Stadium, nothing was more certain than that.

Champions! Our time.

Highest of the high, best of the best.

The only thing higher than the Green Bay Packers was the Vince Lombardi Trophy that players, coaches and team officials held over their heads, keenly aware of the jubilation that was rocking throughout every corner of the Packers community that today has no boundaries.

The trophy’s 14-year sabbatical from Wisconsin has ended. The satisfaction of being champion won’t grow weary to the ears of the Packers and their fans until somebody comes along to replace them. And the sight of another banner hanging in Lambeau Field will never grow too old for many.

The victory brought to a joyful conclusion an adventurous 2010 Packers season that moved between the valley and the mountaintop and finally, with a resolve that wouldn’t let injuries interfere, was not denied the ultimate prize.

Champions! Our time.

It was a night that saw team President Mark Murphy seek out General Manager Ted Thompson and give him a hug before the trophy presentation. And it was a night that will certainly promote quarterback Aaron Rodgers to the elite class of NFL quarterbacks.

Packers fans are known for their passion and a Super Bowl title is an annual dream.
That dream seemed fantasy less than two months ago when the Packers stumbled against the Detroit Lions, lost valiantly to the New England Patriots and were left with only one option.

Win the rest of the games. All of them.

The Giants, the Bears, the Eagles, the Falcons, the Bears. And the Steelers.

It is an accomplishment that will find its deserving place in the team’s proud history, alongside Curly Lambeau’s direction of triple titles of 1929-31, the three-peat of Vince Lombardi’s 1965-67 teams, and the Mike Holmgren-led victory in Super Bowl XXXI at the end of the 1996 season.

This has been a story more than a year in the making since the football bounced away from Aaron Rodgers and gave the Arizona Cardinals that overtime playoff victory 13 months ago.

But Super Bowl was on the tongues of Packers fans even before the players put their pads on at training camp. The ebb and flow of the season challenged the optimism that was so vibrant in the summer, but the surge that began in December became an unstoppable force through Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago and Arlington.

The Packers and their fans won’t get tired of celebrating this one, and they won’t get tired of saying it.

It’s our time, Green Bay.

Tony Walter is a columnist for the Press-Gazette. He can be reached at (920) 431-8360 or at twalter@greenbaypressgazette.com.

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