Larry McCarren
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McCarren (left) signing autographs with Lynn Dickey
No. 54
Personal information
Born: (1951-11-09) November 9, 1951 (age 70)
Park Forest, Illinois
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:246 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school:Park Forest (IL)
NFL Draft:1973 / Round: 12 / Pick: 308
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games Played:162
Games Started:154
Player stats at PFR

Laurence Anthony McCarren (born November 9, 1951 in Park Forest, Illinois) is a former American football player for 12 seasons in the National Football League with the Green Bay Packers. McCarren had a long career as the Packers' starting center. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 1982 and 1983. After his playing career ended, he was inducted in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.

He began a television and radio broadcasting career in 1988 at WFRV-TV and he was named the Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year four times. McCarren has been working on the Packers Radio Network as the color commentator for the Packers' radio broadcasts since 1995.

Playing career

During his time with the team, the Packers compiled an overall record of 71–99–5. He earned the nickname the "Rock" after he started 162 consecutive games, which is the team's fourth longest consecutive games start streak as of May 2008.[1] He played in two NFL Pro Bowls in 1982 and 1983.[1] He was inducted in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1992.[1]

Broadcasting career

In 1988 McCarren became the main sports anchor and sports director of Green Bay's WFRV-TV (Channel 5), a position he held until March 2012, when the station announced he was departing.[2] He hosted "Larry McCarren's Locker Room" during the NFL season, which included player interviews, highlights, and breakdowns of game film. McCarren began as a color commentator and game analyst on the "Packers Radio Network" with Jim Irwin and Max McGee in 1995, and has been teamed with play by play voice Wayne Larrivee on radio broadcasts since 1999.[1] He was named the Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year in 1994, 1996, 2002, and 2007 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.[1]

In July 2012, McCarren began to provide game and team analysis via the eastern Wisconsin stations of Journal Broadcast Group, including WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee and WGBA-TV in Green Bay, which currently are the official production and station/pre-season partners of the team; McCarren was already employed by Journal through the Packer Radio Network, which has its flagship at Milwaukee's WTMJ (AM). A Locker Room-type program returned for the 2013 NFL season on stations throughout the Packers state network, under the new title Packers Live and now being recorded in the Lambeau Field atrium rather than Locker Room filming from various local conference and banquet facilities through the year. On April 1, 2013, McCarren assumed sports director duties for WGBA as his WFRV non-compete clause expired.[3][4]

McCarren announced on March 27, 2015 that this was his final day as WGBA sportscaster after being a local broadcaster for almost 30 years.[5] "In my case, It's not time for retirement. It's time to focus all my energy on my passion, Packers football," McCarren told his audience on NBC26.[5]

On April 9, 2015, the Green Bay Packers announced McCarren as a sports analyst for the Packers Media Group.[6] In this role, he helps with the Packers' digital media.[6] He continues to host Packers Live with Larry McCarren and Total Packers With Matt LaFleur which airs on WGBA-TV in Green Bay and WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee during football season.[6] His main emphasis is his work alongside Wayne Larrivee broadcasting games on WTMJ-AM and the Packers Radio Network. McCarren was also elected to the Board of Directors of Green Bay Packers, Inc. in 2015 and served in that role until his mandatory retirement from the Board at age 70 in 2022.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e Packers Hall Of Fame Banquet Sold Out on WFRV; Retrieved June 8, 2008
  2. ^ Larry McCarren parting ways with Local 5 Archived March 31, 2012, at the Wayback Machine on WFRV; Retrieved March 27, 2012
  3. ^ "Larry McCarren returns to TV". Your Midwest Media.
  4. ^ Kirchen, Rich (March 18, 2013). "McCarren will return to anchoring sports on Green Bay TV". The Business Journal (Milwaukee). Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Larry McCarren Announcement". WGBA. Archived from the original on May 30, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "Larry McCarren joins Packers Media Group as sports analyst". Green Bay Packers. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  7. ^ Ryman, Richard (May 24, 2022). "Green Bay Packers nominate four new board members, set annual shareholders meeting". Green Bay Press Gazette.