PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A family in Greenfield is not ashamed to admit they hope the Green Bay Packers go all the way.
In Pittsburgh, it’s pretty hard to root against the Steelers – especially in the Super Bowl, but for Joe and Ellen McCarthy, it’s no contest.
Their son is Mike McCarthy – head coach of the Green Bay Packers.
Joe and Ellen McCarthy are lifelong Steelers fans, but when it’s the Steelers versus the Packers, they root for the Pack – and who wouldn’t root for their son’s team?
“Such a great feeling to see your child achieve all that he has and here we are getting ready to go to the Super Bowl,” Ellen said.
The green and gold ribbons in hanging up along Greenfield Avenue are a show of support for Mike McCarthy. When he signed his NFL contract, he saw to it that hundreds of thousands of dollars got donated to his old school, St. Rosalia.
Like many Catholic schools in Pittsburgh, enrollment is declining and St. Rosalia was about to be shut down, but Mike McCarthy wasn’t about to let his community down. He gives money to other organizations in Greenfield too.
“Some of that goes to the baseball – Greenfield baseball and part of it goes to the Greenfield Organization which is to serve the community,” Joe McCarthy said.
With their son in the big game, the McCarthys are overwhelmed with emotion.
“I’m so proud,” Ellen said. “I can’t even explain it how proud we are.”