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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/




Against Tough Odds, McDonald Earns Roster Spot

Posted Sep 7, 2010

As training camp and the preseason unfolded in Green Bay, most observers could see the odds were pretty good that a couple of non-drafted rookies – linebacker Frank Zombo and cornerback Sam Shields – were going to make the team. But almost no one predicted a third non-drafted rookie would be joining them on the 53-man roster.

Offensive lineman Nick McDonald did survive the final cuts, however, despite a rocky start that included learning a brand new position. Coming from Division II Grand Valley State and being asked to play center for the first time in his life as well as guard, McDonald on paper was one of the longest of long shots as camp began, only to keep showing up on film every time the coaches reviewed the preseason games.

“Going into the Cleveland game (on Aug. 14), I think there were some questions – ‘Let’s see if he’s going to perform,’” McDonald said. “But I went out there and performed.

“I think I showed them that I’m tough. I get after the guys. I’ve learned the offense as fast as I can. I think it all came down to the games.”

For McDonald, it had to, because in practice he confessed to struggling in the one-on-one pass-blocking drills against defensive linemen. He attributed part of that to the newness of the center position, which he was playing for a lot of those reps. But regardless, he knew he was inconsistent at best in the one-on-ones and needed to make up for that somehow.

He did by playing well in the team (11-on-11) portions of practice, and most importantly, in the games. By his own evaluation, McDonald felt he showed good footwork on inside zone runs and got movement against opposing defensive tackles. He also showed the athletic ability to make blocks at the second level against linebackers and to get out into the flat on screens.

He felt his biggest mistake may have come in the preseason finale at Kansas City last Thursday, a bad time to put a gaffe on film. He called it a mental error, trying too hard to get a good punch in pass protection and lunging at the defensive lineman, who swam over him and drilled quarterback Matt Flynn in the back just after he released the ball.

But following the Chiefs game there was nothing more he could do but sit and wait. On cut-down Saturday, he said he woke up at around 10 a.m. and immediately checked his phone. No missed calls, which was good, because no news is usually good news when roster decisions are being made.

Then in his hotel room, his home since the start of camp, he just kept waiting. And waiting. The 5 p.m. deadline passed and he still hadn’t heard anything until offensive line coach James Campen called him around 5:15 p.m. and congratulated him on making the team.

“It was pretty surreal,” McDonald said. “I didn’t know going into the day. I just thought whatever happens, happens. I gave everything I could in camp.

“It was pretty crazy though once I called my family. There were a lot of tears shed, that’s for sure.”

Earlier in the day, McDonald had heard that Zombo, his hotel neighbor and longtime athletic rival growing up in Sterling Heights, Mich., had made the team. After McDonald had officially survived as well, the two had a good laugh about their drive to training camp together, during which they joked about how they might be on the same road headed back to Michigan in a couple of weeks if things didn’t go well.

But now they’re both Packers, planning to get a place together in Green Bay and forming two-thirds of the largest contingent of non-drafted rookies to make the team in the Ted Thompson/Mike McCarthy era.

McDonald essentially beat out Evan Dietrich-Smith to join Jason Spitz as an interior backup on the offensive line. He’s currently listed on the depth chart as the No. 3 center and right guard, and with 10 offensive linemen on the roster he may not be on the active 45-man gameday roster unless there’s a spate of injuries.

He’s aware he still has the longest way to go at center, but that’s why he’s excited about his scout team role, which will be playing center for the “opposing” offense against the Packers’ defense in practice.

“I think it’s a fun position, it’s just a little different for me,” said McDonald, who started at right guard as a junior in college and then left tackle as a senior. “I think I’ll be able to keep getting better.

“We only get a couple reps, if that, with the (regular) offense, like one rep maybe. That’s it. Maybe even none. So you have to go out here on the scout team and perform. Coach Campen told me that I have to be ready to go every week. I have to know the offense. My role right now is to give a good look to the defense and if anything happens, be ready to go.”

He’ll take that role very seriously, even if some didn’t view his chances that way a month ago.

“It’s a team effort here, and I want to help this team,” McDonald said. “This is a great organization, great players, and I want to get better. That’s my main goal, and to get everyone else around me better. Everybody here is talking about winning the Super Bowl, and I want to be part of that.”

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