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McCarthy Inducts His Greenfield Elementary School Into Super Bowl Honor Roll

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy is a role model to many in his native Greenfield.

On Tuesday, he returned to his roots to honor his elementary school and enroll then in the Super Bowl Honor Roll.

The NFL's Super Bowl legacy continues to roll through Pittsburgh with McCarthy visiting St. Rosalia Academy where he was greeted by the students and staff. Bill Cowher and Jim Kelly recently visited the local schools where their legendary football careers began, too.

McCarthy grew up in Greenfield and attended St. Rosalia before graduating from Bishop Boyle High School in Homestead. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowl XLV against the Steelers.

As the NFL nears the Super Bowl's 50th anniversary, it is celebrating schools that are part of its history.

"On behalf of the NFL and the Green Bay Packers, congratulations to St. Rosalia's Academy, and welcome to the Super Bowl Honor Roll," McCarthy told them.

McCarthy presented the school with a golden football embossed with his name.

Prior to the presentation, Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O'Connor proclaimed Tuesday as Mike McCarthy Day.

"If anyone was going to beat the Steelers, we're glad it was a guy from Greenfield," O'Connor said.

Then, the school had a little surprise presentation of its own as they presented McCarthy with a plaque showing him with the St. Rosalia basketball team in 1975.

McCarthy was the third youngest coach in the NFL when he was hired at age 42. His parents still live in Greenfield and are still very active in the community.

He left the students with some advice.

"Be proud, be proud of who you are, be proud of your last name, be proud of Greenfield. You're from Greenfield. Be proud of Pittsburgh," he said. "Chase your dreams. You got a great foundation, you got a great start. Go for it. Remember failure is part of the ride."

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