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Mark Murphy, president and chief executive officer of the Green Bay Packers, reflected on the Packers’ consistent success, both on and off the field, during a recent virtual event hosted by the Rotary Club of Milwaukee. During 13 years with the Packers, Murphy has experienced a Super Bowl victory, led the development of the Titletown District as well as multiple Lambeau Field expansion projects, and guided the franchise through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Aaron Rodgers. He’s a great player for us and we want him to remain our quarterback and we’re hopeful that that will be the case.”
“We’ve continued to invest in Lambeau Field. We’re now the second largest stadium in the NFL, behind MetLife Stadium in New York. We really want to make sure the team stays in Green Bay and stays competitive. And we continue to invest not only in the stadium itself, but the football facilities and the area around it. Looking ahead, we’re making a big push to host the NFL Draft in 2024.”
“The last year or two there’s been a lot of publicity around the NFL, around social justice issues, and diversity, equity and inclusion, and I give our players credit. The easy thing would be to not get involved in these issues, but they see the systemic racism that impacts them. … We know that a number of our fans feel strongly that players should not be speaking out, but we’re fully supportive of our players’ rights to speak out.”
“It’s always disappointing when you don’t win the Super Bowl. We say, ‘Only one team finishes the season feeling good about the way the season ended.’ But I think from both a football and business standpoint, we’ve had consistent success.”
“This year was such a strange year with the pandemic, but I’m really proud of the way we handled it as an organization. We were the only professional league that played a full schedule during the pandemic. You wanted to have fans, you wanted to have that home-field advantage, but you also wanted to make sure you were really careful and didn’t put any players or fans at risk.”