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  • 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.

     
  • 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/

     

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Al Harris retires to hearts of Packers fans everywhere

Posted May 2, 2013

He emptied his tank in Green Bay with memorable moment

CB Al Harris had 14 of his 21 career regular-season interceptions as a member of the Packers.

GREEN BAY—Al Harris played the cornerback position one way – all out and in your face.

A classic man-to-man, press-coverage corner, Harris confesses he might have had more than 21 career interceptions – plus one momentous postseason pick – had he approached his craft a different way.

But jamming receivers at the line of scrimmage is how he got his career off the ground in Philadelphia, playing for coordinators Emmitt Thomas and the late Jim Johnson, and it became his calling card in a 13-year career.

“I wasn’t allowed to play off,” Harris said in a conference call with Wisconsin media on Thursday, announcing that he was officially retiring as a member of the Packers. “When a guy was in front of me, I pressed him.

“It kind of caught legs. People saw that’s what I was good at. It’s hard to find guys that can press consistently. You may get a guy that can do it half a game, but to do it the whole game, year in and year out, it’s hard to find those type of guys.”

That skill set interested the Packers, who traded for Harris in 2003 after four seasons with the Eagles. Harris spent the next seven years in Green Bay before concluding his career with two injury-filled seasons in Miami and St. Louis in 2010-11.

Harris’ career reached its peak in Green Bay with back-to-back Pro Bowl selections in 2007-08, completing a long climb that began on Tampa Bay’s practice squad in 1997. That rise to prominence in Green Bay made it important to Harris to retire as a Packer, even though his time here ended in difficulty, with a 2009 knee injury that led to him being released in the middle of the 2010 Super Bowl season.

“Green Bay is a special place to play football,” Harris said. “I think I’ll always be remembered as a Packer. I feel like a Packer.”

He’ll certainly be remembered for his overtime pick-six to beat Seattle in the 2003 NFC Wild Card playoff, a moment memorialized amongst the many wall hangings in the hallway outside the Packers locker room.

Harris actually pointed to a 2005 victory over New Orleans, the lone two-interception game of his career that included a pick-six and his first career sack, as his top highlight, calling it “a pretty good day for a corner.” To him, the big playoff interception two years earlier was nothing but a simple reaction.

“It was an all-out blitz,” he said. “It’s Football 101. You can only get a couple of things from a receiver, from a quarterback. You either get a slant or you get a hitch.”

An incredibly fit, durable player, Harris played in 175 consecutive games in Philadelphia and Green Bay before a lacerated spleen sidelined him for four contests in 2008. Then came the knee injury midway through 2009, a hamstring injury in Miami in 2010 and another knee injury in St. Louis in 2011.

Having gone through so much rehab and recovery in his late 30s, he had no problem calling it quits.

“I knew I was on the clock,” he said. “Your body can only take so much, and I had pushed it to the limit for so long, was so fortunate and blessed not to have missed a game, to play through some injuries. I looked at it as God telling me it’s time to turn the page.”

That page has now turned to coaching, as Harris is a defensive backs assistant in Kansas City after interning last season for former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin in Miami.

CB Al Harris through the years

View photos from Harris' career in Green Bay

Mentored early in his career in Philadelphia by fellow defensive backs Troy Vincent, Bobby Taylor and Brian Dawkins, Harris got his first taste of coaching by taking young corners like Tramon Williams under his wing in Green Bay. He has also coached his son, Al Jr., who’s a heavily recruited cornerback with one year of high school left at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

With the Chiefs, Harris is working for new head coach Andy Reid, his former head coach in Philadelphia, and Thomas, who coaches Kansas City’s defensive backs.

“I reached out to Andy,” Harris said. “I called to congratulate him when I found out he had the job. He knew what I wanted to do after my playing career was over.”

Harris was asked if he has discussed the transition with former Green Bay teammate Charles Woodson, who has indicated he wants to continue playing but has not yet been signed. Harris said the two situations are different, because Woodson is not injured, as Harris was when he hung it up, and his advice to Woodson is to “go for it.”

“One thing you don’t want to do, you don’t want to leave the game and think that you still had something in the tank,” Harris said. “When you’ve emptied your tank, you’re at peace with yourself. Once it’s over, it’s over as far as playing. I emptied my tank.”

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