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In 1996, getting video from the cameras to the coaches offices would have been a much more time consuming process.
"Someone would've had to take the tape out, put into a tape machine, set up multiple tapes, and go through an arduous tape copy process. It wouldn’t be until two or three hours later that the coaches could look at it. That's what technology gives you: It shortens the window of how long it takes to do things," Wichlacz said.
There's a reason why Green Bay is one of the NFL's most widely respected teams, and it's not just because the Packers are the league's only publicly-owned nonprofit organization. The Packers' team mentality extends not just to the players on the field but to everyone involved in the team's day-to-day-operations. Wichlacz received a Super Bowl ring for the Packers XXXI win, and he'll receive another for this year's Super Bowl win.
When Packers returned to Green Bay after defeating the Steelers, Mark Murphy [president and CEO], Ted Thompson [general manager] and McCarthy summoned Wichlacz's team and the rest of the Packers' full time employees to the team's meeting room and thanked them for their efforts. For Wichlacz, this was just as much of a highlight as anything that happened on the field in Super Bowl XLV.
"They told us the victory was truly a team effort. That's an example of the classiness of our leadership, and it's great to know they appreciate what we do," he said.