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By PFW staff

The Lombardi trophy returned home to Green Bay on Tuesday as the Packers hosted "The Return to Titletown."

With all Packers players, coaches, staff and management on hand at Lambeau Field, Packers fans had a chance to return to their home stadium one more time in celebration of the Packers' victory in Super Bowl XLV.

"When you have guys that believe that you can accomplish anything, you can do it," said WR Donald Driver, who may have received the loudest ovation of all the Packers. "What we did in Dallas was truly amazing, and we got this Lomabrdi Trophy right back at home."

QB Aaron Rodgers, who was the final Packer to speak, reflected on his last six years with the team.

"Until two days ago, the greatest day of my sports career was April 23, 2005, when this organization picked me in the draft," Rodgers said. "It has been a great journey the last six years, I've been able to meet some great men and women. ... We've got the greatest fans in the world."

The defense was the first group to speak, represented by CB Charles Woodson, LB Clay Matthews, S Nick Collins and coordinator Dom Capers. Collins, who returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown in the Super Bowl, talked about how much the win meant to him.

"It's a very special moment in my life," he said. "Something I'll cherish for the rest of my life. I've been chasing this moment for a long time and now it's finally here."

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers spoke next, noting that he was part of the last two Packers Super Bowls. He was the head coach of the Panthers in 1997 when Green Bay defeated Carolina to reach Super Bowl XXXI.

"If you can't beat them, you need to join them," Capers shouted.

Packers' radio voices Wayne Larrivee and Larry McCarren hosted the ceremonies at Lambeau Field, which appeared to be packed on a chilly day in Green Bay.

Packers president and COO Mark Murphy kicked off the ceremonies by thanking everybody from the fans to the coaches and the entire organization, with a special mention of general manger Ted Thompson, who kept the team afloat amidst all the injuries.

"Lesser organizations and lesser teams would have struggled," Murphy said. "We won the Super Bowl."

Next up was Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt, who announced a new, permanent street in Green Bay named McCarthy's Way. Schmitt was followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who declared the month of February "Green Bay Packer Month" statewide.

Following U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl's speech of thanks, Larrivee began to introduce the team position-by-position, calling out the name of each coach and individual player.

It was capped off by coach Mike McCarthy, who paced the edges of Lambeau Field with the Lomabrdi Trophy, giving fans the chance to touch the trophy for themselves.

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