Two “Nice Guys” finish first!
Aaron Rodgers and Mark Wilson win big
while helping the MACC Fund help kids beat cancer
I wrote a blog entitled “Nice Guys Finish FIRST” a few weeks ago. I wrote the counter position to baseball’s Leo Durocher’s oft-used phrase “Nice guys finish last.” I wrote that blog after the MACC Fund’s longtime friend and Honorary Athletic Board Member Mark Wilson won the Sony Hawaiian Open. Well, you may have noticed, Mark won again at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Monday, February 7 in a dramatic two hole Playoff. I say “you may have noticed” since his impressive victory – his second in three starts on the PGA Tour – coincided with the afterglow of the Packers Super Bowl victory which managed to attract the highest rated television show in history.
Well, Mark’s friends at the MACC Fund noticed as we switched back and forth between watching Mark on the course and watching his fellow MACC Fund Honorary Athletic Board Member Aaron Rodgers on the field. I understand that one person even caused his familial Super Bowl party to miss Nick Collins’ dramatic “pick 6” interception since he was setting his DVR to ensure the later viewing of Mark’s exploits. Fortunately the marvels of technology allowed for a touchdown replay to the delight and cheering of all.
Mark’s victory is the talk of the PGA Tour as he sits atop the FedEx Cup standings with a significant lead. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Congratulations to Mark and Amy and their sons Lane and Cole who attended their first golf tournament and got to watch their dad hold the coveted trophy. Rumor has it though that Lane was more impressed with the Junior Firefighter badge the firefighter gave him. Kids do have a way of keeping us humble.
Mark wasn’t the only “nice guy” who finished first recently as we all know following the Packers victory. It proved that lighting can strike twice, or in this case three times, for nice guys. Like Mark, Aaron has embraced the MACC Fund in his quest to help the children battling cancer and blood disorders.
Mark is known for not watching the scoreboard as he plays, but we are betting that he kept track of his beloved Packers as he played on Sunday. A life long Packers fan having grown up in Menomonee Falls, Wis., he showed his love of the Packers by wearing a green shirt and a gold PING visor on Sunday. He and his caddy even wore matching “Cheeseheads” on the raucous 16th hole where cheering and jeering in the normally sedate golf environs is a thing of legendary proportions.
Both Mark and Aaron got to hoist championship trophies. Mark got to take his home and Aaron helped bring the Lombardi Trophy back to its rightful home in true championship and MVP form. He even “went to Disney World” on Monday and jetted north to join David Letterman 24 hours after the big win before returning to his adopted Titletown home to the cheering throngs on the appropriately named “Frozen Tundra” where 56,000 assembled in minus 9 win chill conditions to honor Aaron and his teammates.
Yes, Mark and Aaron are both nice guys. They are both winners. And they both love to help the MACC Fund help kids fighting cancer and blood disorders. Both sit atop their respective sports after years and years of practicing their crafts which undoubtedly involved tears as well as cheers to get there. It couldn’t happen to two better guys and the MACC Fund is proud to have them both on the MACC Fund team. Congratulations Aaron and Mark. The world knows what the MACC Fund already knew, you’re both winners and you have proven that the well worn phrase “Nice guys finish last” is wrong. “Nice Guys can finish first” like you did and the MACC Fund couldn’t be prouder of you both. Thanks for helping the MACC Fund help kids.
~John Cary – Executive Director
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