Aaron Rodgers says he still has nothing but love and respect for his former coach Mike McCarthy. McCarthy, who coached the Green Bay Packers for 13 consecutive seasons between 2006 and 2018, is set to return to Wisconsin this Sunday when the Packers host the Dallas Cowboys.
In their 13 years together, Rodgers and McCarthy won one Super Bowl. McCarthy, who has been coaching the Cowboys since the 2020 season, is set to play the Packers on the road for the first time since ending his tenure with the team.
"I'm going to give him a ol' hug I can tell you that much I'm excited to see Mike. We've shared some messages the last couple weeks. I know it means a lot to him to come back. I really hope the reception for him is as warm as it needs to be.
He's got a street named after him, obviously we won a Super Bowl together. He meant a lot to the town for 13 years, a big part of our success. Obviously, he'll be in the Packers Hall of Fame at some point. I think it's important we honor him the right way.
Not just him, obviously he deserves a lot of love and respect coming back, but also others on that staff coming back to the area. Mike in general deserves a lot of credit, a lot of respect and hopefully a great ovation at some point.
I don't know what we're doing. I would expect some sort of message on the jumbotron at some point in the game. Mike has a big heart, hopefully he let's the emotions flow a little bit," Rodgers said on The Pat McAfee Show, per CBS Sports.
McCarthy is also looking forward to seeing Rodgers
Since McCarthy left the Packers, Rodgers has won two NFL MVP awards but it didn't help the team win any Super Bowls. On the other side, McCarthy is trying to lead the Cowboys to their first Super Bowl since 1996.
Going into this week's game, McCarthy says he has nothing but a great level of respect and appreciation for his former quarterback. "I'm really looking forward to seeing Aaron. We've had great communication. I have nothing but love and gratitude for him.
Whole lot of appreciation, not only for him, but the teams there. We had some great times, great moments. When I think of him, I think of all of our one-on-one conversations we had, especially in the younger days. It always ended with a hug and 'I love you'
That's what I think about our relationship. He made me a much better coach. We're talking about a man that is one of the premiere athletes of his generation. I spent the weekend watching him play quarterback, he's still playing at an extremely high level. I'm looking forward to seeing him," McCarthy said of facing Rodgers.