ASHWAUBENON - More than four years after being fired as the head coach of thePackers, Mike Sherman -- the team's fourth winningest coach of alltime -- was back in the area Thursday.
Sherman spoke at a benefit for a local charity he and his wifeKaren have supported since their days in Green Bay.
"I'm not usually one to go back to visit much, once I'm out of asituation I move on," said Sherman. "But Green Bay is a greatplace."
Being a professional coach requires a man and his family to do afair amount of moving around. Mike Sherman is now the head coach atTexas A&M University, but when he was the head coach of theGreen Bay Packers, and he was active throughout the community.
"It's like I told the Packers team back when and I tell my Aggiefootball team now: it's not what you get it's what you give thatmatters."
Although Sherman has been off the Lambeau Field sidelines for afew years, he is still active in the area. He's in town now for a MarionHouse fundraiser, a place of support for young mothers. It'salso a place that led him to his now 10 year old adopteddaughter.
"We have our heart and soul in the Marion House and certainly mydaughter Selena is a product of the Marion House," saidSherman.
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 ofyourself when you do that and take time away from the family, I wassurprised and not surprised, because he's such a giving guy andhe's never changed."
Sherman's support stretches beyond Marion House.
"He may have left the area but in many ways his heart is stillhere," said Fr. Jim Baraniak. "And he has maintained relationshipswith all sorts of people in this community."
Fr. Baraniak has been the Packers chaplain for more than adecade. He says Sherman has and continues to support a variety oflocal charitable organizations, often without much fanfare.
"What was important once is still important. I can't all thesudden, based on my location, decide ok this isn't important to meanymore," said Sherman.
Mike Sherman is a man who may no longer have a Green Bayaddress, but who remains a contributor to the community.
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