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  • 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.

     
  • Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 2:30PM CDT Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer

    The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.

    Ride Day Schedule

    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
    • 11 am: Depart Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Green Bay
    • 12 pm: Arrive in Seymour. Enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a short program.
    • 2:30 pm: Party kicks off at the new South Endzone Festival Foods MVP Deck at Lambeau Field! Guests can access the space by way of the Shopko Gate. See the field and enjoy the atmosphere from this beautiful indoor/outdoor space newly opened and accessed by very few. The party will include silent and live auction, food, beverages, music and merchandise available for purchase.


    More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/

     

Hall of Famers

Willie Wood - Class of 1989
Safety (1960-71)

One of the most exceptional defensive players in NFL history, Willie Wood almost saw his goal of playing professional football pass him by.

A quarterback at USC, Wood was bypassed in the draft and had to resort to a letter-writing campaign to get a shot in the pros. Writing letters on Wood's behalf was his Washington, D.C., Boys Club coach, Bill Butler, who had used similar methods to attract USC coaches years earlier.

The challenges facing Wood in trying to make his way in the NFL were multiple. For starters, Wood was entering professional football in an era of prejudice when black athletes were largely considered unfit for the quarterback position. Beyond that, Wood was coming off a severe collar bone injury that had hampered him over two collegiate seasons, and, at only 160 pounds, he was vastly undersized.

Wood's letters went out to several teams including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Rams, but only the Packers responded.

Slotted for defense, Wood went into training camp against 24 other defensive backs. He made the team, but played sparingly as a rookie, seeing most of his time on punt returns.

However, in 1961, his second NFL season, Wood got his chance and made five interceptions filling in down the stretch for an injured Jess Whittenton. Meanwhile, he continued to return punts, leading the league with a 16.2-yard average and two returns for touchdowns.

One season later, in 1962, Wood made a career-best nine interceptions at safety and was named to the Pro Bowl for the first of what would be eight times over his career (1962, 1964-70).

In the Packers' 16-7 win over the New York Giants in the NFL Championship game that season, Wood made a touchdown-saving tackle on a kickoff return.

Although undersized coming into the league, the 5-foot-10 Wood got his weight up to 190 pounds. He was still considered on the small side, but gained a reputation as one of the league's hardest hitters.

Tackle statistics are unavailable for that era, but Vince Lombardi, Wood's head coach for five NFL title-winning seasons and two Super Bowl championships, called him the team's surest tackler.

Meanwhile, Wood led the Packers in interceptions five seasons (1961-63, '65, '70) and garnered Associated Press All-Pro honors six times, including consensus All-Pro recognition in 1965 and 1966.

In Super Bowl I, Wood set up the first of three second-half touchdowns for the Packers with an interception and a 50-yard return that gave the Packers possession at the 5-yard line. The Packers only led 14-10 at the time, but went on to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs by the score of 35-10.

Respected for his toughness and ability to play through injury, Wood played 166 consecutive games over his Packers career, a stretch bettered by only Brett Favre and Forrest Gregg.

Wood wore jersey number 24 during his Packers career. After retiring from the game following the 1971 seasons, he took up an assistant coaching position with the San Diego Chargers.

In 1975, Wood became the first black head coach in professional football, taking over the reins of the Philadelphia Bell, a team in the World Football League. The WFL quickly folded, but Wood became the first black head coach in the Canadian Football League a few years later, leading the Toronto Argonauts in 1980 and 1981.

William Vernell Wood was born December 23, 1936, in Washington, D.C.

Wood's Career Stats courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau:

InterceptionsPunt Returns
YearGIntYdsTDRetYdsAvgTDFumTot. TD
1960 (GB) 12 0 0 0 16 106 6.6 0 2 0
1961 (GB) 14 5 52 0 14 225 16.1 2 1 2
1962 (GB) 14 9 132 0 23 273 11.9 0 0 0
1963 (GB) 14 5 67 0 19 169 8.9 0 0 0
1964 (GB) 14 3 73 1 19 252 13.3 0 1 1
1965 (GB) 14 6 65 0 13 38 2.9 0 0 0
1966 (GB) 14 3 38 1 22 82 3.7 0 0 1
1967 (GB) 14 4 60 0 12 3 0.3 0 0 0
1968 (GB) 14 2 54 0 26 126 4.8 0 1 0
1969 (GB) 14 3 40 0 8 38 4.8 0 0 0
1970 (GB) 14 7 110 0 11 58 5.3 0 1 0
1971 (GB) 14 1 8 0 4 21 5.3 0 0 0
Totals 166 48 699 2 187 1,391 7.4 2 6 4

 

From The Archives:
A letter from Bill Butler to Vince Lombardi - Dec. 10, 1959

 

Dear Mr. Lombardi,

I am Bill Butler, athletics instructor at the Boys Club in Washington, D.C., and my reason for writing is simply because I was told by Willie Wood, QB and co-captain of the Southern California Trojans, that you were interested in him, but I didn't see his name on your draft selections and I wondered why.

Willie came up under my wing at the Boys Club and I know he's a terrific football player ... I can say quite safely that the Trojans' offensive style of play certainly didn't embellish Willie's all-around ability by any means, for this kid is a "thinking man's" ballplayer, a real good field general of the Eddie LaBaron mold, good ball handler, strong runner and a tremendous passer. He can really throw the long ball.

Mr. Lombardi, if you could see this kid unshackled you would really agree with me.

If you hadn't contemplated giving him a chance, just try him one time and I'll guarantee you'll be glad you did. If you can find the time, I sure would like to hear from you and maybe we at the Boys Club can be told by you the things maybe we fail to see.

Respectfully,
Bill Butler