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Mike McCarthy received ‘standing ovation’ from Packers after addressing team

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Former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy received a standing ovation from the team when he addressed them on Wednesday.

McCarthy was let go by the franchise following the Week 13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, which saw the Packers fall to 4-7-1 on the season.

However, the veteran coach was allowed to return to the team facility to address his former players, and it sounds like they were more than appreciative of his hard work over the years.

And one of the Packers’ players that was thrilled to see his former coach was star linebacker Clay Matthews.

From ESPN’s Packers beat writer Rob Demovsky:

Players gave McCarthy a standing ovation in the meeting on Wednesday. Linebacker Clay Matthews called it “warranted and deserved.”

“I was happy to see him,” Matthews said. “Obviously, first things first, you understand that this is a business and not many people get that opportunity. And the player, as well. We’re in the same boat. For him to invest the past 13 years in this team, has given his heart and soul to us, to have that kind of closure, it was great of the organization — Joe, Gutey, Mark and everybody that allowed him to come in and say his piece. I know we really enjoyed it. I’m sure he did from a closure standpoint. Obviously, we gave him the respect he deserved and sent him off with some final words.”

The Packers will turn the page on Sunday when it gets set to take on the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field.

At this point, it’s still unknown as to which direction the team will go at head coach after the firing of McCarthy.