Mike McCarthy has other things on his mind these days, but will he eventually get a street named in his honor? Raymond T. Rivard photograph

De Pere effort to rename street for Mike McCarthy dead-ends

Mike McCarthy is one lucky guy. He is the head coach for what many would regard as one of the top franchises in all of the National Football League. He’s worked with two quarterbacks during his tenure: Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. He’s won one Super Bowl championship and continually fields a competitive team in the league’s smallest city.

That’s a pretty good gig.

But McCarthy is without one thing: A street bearing his name. And the effort to make it happen hit a dead end Tuesday night.

The De Pere City Council talked about the possibilities of making the name change official, but ended up sending it back to committee because of cost issues.

According to a story in today’s Green Bay Press Gazette, the council is considering  joining the city of Green Bay and Ashwaubenon to rename the street “between the U.S. 41 ramps in De Pere to Dousman Street on Green Bay’s west side.” While Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt is leading the charge, much like he did with the street name-change for Donald Driver, the snag has held up any movement in renaming the stretch of road for McCarthy.

One of the issues in play is whether the businesses affected along the route should be eligible for grant money to help cover their costs that would come about through the renaming. According to the story, there was also discussion about whether it was a good idea to be renaming streets before an individual retires or dies.

Clearly the precedent on that question has been answered – streets for Vince Lombardi, Mike Holmgren and Brett Favre were all renamed while they were still members of the organization.

But in the meantime, McCarthy will have to wait for his day.

But he’s got time and these days he’s certainly got more important things on his mind – like how to stop the read-option, how to bolster the running game, and how to guide his team to another Super Bowl.

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