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  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • Fri., Apr. 18, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Rice Lake party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Rice Lake: Barron County Fairgrounds. To benefit Benjamin’s House. Tickets on sale at Marketplace Foods, 330 S. Main St., Rice Lake; and Rainbow Home Center, 1124 Hammond Ave., Rice Lake.

  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:30PM - 3:00PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Merrill party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.

  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

     
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet
  • Sat., Jun. 07, 2014 8:30AM - 3:30PM CDT JPP Kids Clinic

    The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic. 

    Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:

    • Session 1 – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
    • Session 2 – 11 to 12:30 p.m.
    • Session 3 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.


    The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.  

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.

    Deadline to register:

    • New Members – May 11, 2014
    • Current Members – May 18, 2014


    To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.

     

Hall of Famers

James Lofton - Class of 2003
Wide Receiver (1978-86)

A standout receiver in Green Bay for nine years, among 16 seasons in the NFL, James Lofton became the first Packers player without direct ties to Curly Lambeau or Vince Lombardi to earn induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2003).

The sixth overall selection of the 1978 NFL Draft, Lofton came to Green Bay from Stanford, where in addition to playing football he was also an accomplished track and field star, winning the NCAA long jump title as a senior.

Playing first under head coach Bart Starr, the Hall of Fame quarterback of the Lombardi era, Lofton made an immediate impact on a struggling team.

As a rookie, Lofton caught 46 passes for 818 yards, leading the team in receptions en route to his first of what would be seven straight trips to the Pro Bowl.

In 1980, Lofton turned in his first of two straight 71-yard catch seasons and his first of five 1,000-yard campaigns with the Packers.

In 1983 and 1984, he led the league in yards-per-catch average at 22.4 and 22.0, respectively.

Known for his blazing speed, the 6-foot-3, 192-pound Lofton compiled 32 games as a Packer with 100 or more receiving yards and had 9,656 receiving yards for his Green Bay career -- both marks the best in team history.

The Packers had only one playoff season during Lofton's tenure, but, not surprisingly, he was a force in that postseason campaign. In the 1981 NFC first-round playoff, Lofton caught a 20-yard touchdown pass in a 41-16 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, and, one game later, his 6-yard touchdown reception and 71-yard touchdown return of a blocked kick accounted for almost half of the Packers' points in a 37-26 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

A consensus pick in 1981, Lofton earned Associated Press All-Pro honors four times as a Packer (1980-83).

In 1987, Lofton left Green Bay for a two-year stint with the Los Angeles Raiders, followed by four seasons with the Buffalo Bills and brief stints with the L.A. Rams and Philadelphia Eagles before his retirement following the 1993 season.

At the time of his retirement, Lofton's 14,004 career receiving yardage was tops in the NFL, while his 43 games of 100 yards or more ranked third.

On the receiving end of 49 touchdown passes as a Packer, and 75 for his career, Lofton was the first NFL player to catch a touchdown pass in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Lofton wore jersey number 80 during his Packers career.

Following his playing days, Lofton went on to be an NFL assistant coach.

James David Lofton was born July 5, 1956, in Fort Ord, Calif.

Lofton's Career Stats courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau:

ReceivingRushing
YearGRecYdsAvgTDAttYdsAvgTDFumTot. TD
1978 (GB) 16 46 818 17.8 6 3 13 4.3 0 2 6
1978 (GB) 16 54 968 17.9 4 1 -1 -1.0 0 5 4
1980 (GB) 16 71 1,226 17.3 4 0 0 - 0 0 4
1981 (GB) 16 71 1,294 18.2 8 0 0 - 0 0 8
1982 (GB) 9 35 696 19.9 4 4 101 25.3 1 0 5
1983 (GB) 16 58 1,300 22.4 8 9 36 4.0 0 0 8
1984 (GB) 16 62 1,361 22.0 7 10 82 8.2 0 1 7
1985 (GB) 16 69 1,153 16.7 4 4 14 3.5 0 3 4
1986 (GB) 15 64 840 13.1 4 0 0 - 0 3 4
1987 (LArd) 12 41 880 21.5 5 1 1 1.0 0 0 5
1988 (LArd) 16 28 549 19.6 0 0 0 - 0 0 0
1989 (Buf) 12 8 166 20.8 3 0 0 - 0 0 3
1990 (Buf) 16 35 712 20.3 4 0 0 - 0 0 4
1991 (Buf) 15 57 1,072 18.8 8 0 0 - 0 2 8
1992 (Buf) 16 51 786 15.4 6 0 0 - 0 0 6
1993 (LArm) 1 1 16 16.0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0
1993 (Phi) 9 13 167 12.8 0 0 0 - 0 0 0
1993 (LA/Ph) 10 14 183 13.1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0
GB Totals 136 530 9,656 18.2 49 31 245 7.9 1 14 50
NFL Totals 233 764 14,004 18.3 75 32 246 7.7 1 16 76