Updated: Thursday, 29 Apr 2010, 9:49 PM CDT
Published : Thursday, 29 Apr 2010, 9:26 PM CDT
ASHWAUBENON - More than four years after being fired as the head coach of the Packers, Mike Sherman -- the team's fourth winningest coach of all time -- was back in the area Thursday.
Sherman spoke at a benefit for a local charity he and his wife Karen have supported since their days in Green Bay.
"I'm not usually one to go back to visit much, once I'm out of a situation I move on," said Sherman. "But Green Bay is a great place."
Being a professional coach requires a man and his family to do a fair amount of moving around. Mike Sherman is now the head coach at Texas A&M University, but when he was the head coach of the Green Bay Packers, and he was active throughout the community.
"It's like I told the Packers team back when and I tell my Aggie football team now: it's not what you get it's what you give that matters."
Although Sherman has been off the Lambeau Field sidelines for a few years, he is still active in the area. He's in town now for a Marion House fundraiser, a place of support for young mothers. It's also a place that led him to his now 10 year old adopted daughter.
"We have our heart and soul in the Marion House and certainly my daughter Selena is a product of the Marion House," said Sherman.
The organization is grateful for the support.
"It's not just about doing the speaking," said Monica Zindler, founder and executive director of Marion House. "You gotta give of yourself when you do that and take time away from the family, I was surprised and not surprised, because he's such a giving guy and he's never changed."
Sherman's support stretches beyond Marion House.
"He may have left the area but in many ways his heart is still here," said Fr. Jim Baraniak. "And he has maintained relationships with all sorts of people in this community."
Fr. Baraniak has been the Packers chaplain for more than a decade. He says Sherman has and continues to support a variety of local charitable organizations, often without much fanfare.
"What was important once is still important. I can't all the sudden, based on my location, decide ok this isn't important to me anymore," said Sherman.
Mike Sherman is a man who may no longer have a Green Bay address, but who remains a contributor to the community.