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  • 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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Big contract won't lessen Aaron Rodgers' drive

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Packers sign game's best quarterback to long-term contract

Aaron Rodgers signs extension with the Green Bay Packers

GREEN BAY—Eight years and three days after his agonizing wait to get drafted, Aaron Rodgers will always be motivated by what he was forced to endure before he ever donned an NFL helmet.

Even signing a five-year contract extension that reportedly makes him the highest-paid player in the NFL isn’t going to change that.

“I have a good memory and I’m driven to be the best,” Rodgers said on Friday to a large media gathering inside the Packers locker room following the announcement of his new contract. “Obviously there’s a couple less critics out there now, but I still put a lot of pressure on myself to achieve the goals I set for myself every year and enjoy trying to meet the challenge those goals bring and also opposing teams bring.”

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It’s only fitting that Rodgers signed the historic contract during the draft. His own draft day instantly became a watershed moment in his career after mysteriously falling to 24th pick. All he’s done since then is win a Super Bowl, a Super Bowl MVP and a league MVP, making Green Bay’s transition from a legendary quarterback one of the most successful in league history, on par with the one Rodgers watched growing up in northern California, as San Francisco passed the torch from Joe Montana to Steve Young.

This is the second contract extension Rodgers has received since the Packers drafted him with the 24th overall pick in 2005. The other came just halfway through his first season as a starter.

“Eight years ago the Packers took a chance on me on this weekend, took a chance on me again in 2008 after seven games, and I’m excited to know that my future is here, and I’ll be here for a lot longer,” Rodgers said.

The extension adds five years to the two years Rodgers had left on his current deal, meaning he’ll be under contract with the Packers through 2019.

It’s the second mega-deal the Packers have negotiated this month, having made linebacker Clay Matthews the league’s highest-paid player at his position two weeks ago.

Like Matthews, Rodgers said he likes the direction the Packers are heading despite disappointing playoff losses in the divisional round each of the last two years. He’s putting his trust in the front office to maintain a competitive and championship-caliber roster in the face of the salary-cap challenges a contract like his can present.

“There’s an expectation that guys like myself and Clay are going to continue to take advantage of the leadership opportunities that we have,” Rodgers said.

“I like our team. I like where we’re at. Obviously there was some discussion about not doing a whole lot in free agency, but like I said, this seems to be the Packer way, where you draft a guy, you raise him up in your system, and you pay him.”

Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, who answered a few questions from reporters after Rodgers, gave credit to General Manager Ted Thompson and Vice President of Football Administration/Player Finance Russ Ball for putting together a deals that keep premier players like Matthews and Rodgers in house without compromising future flexibility.

“To be able to structure it in a way where we’re able to pay them the market rate and still be able to compete financially I think was key,” Murphy said. “I think they were able to do it in a way that’s good for both of those players and the organization.”

Rodgers recently said that now that he’s been in the league for eight years (five as a starter), he believes he has at least eight years left in his body to play the game at a high level.

That would take him beyond this newest contract, but he’s not concerned about that now. Already the longest-tenured Packers player on the current roster, Rodgers said he appreciates the relationship he has with his teammates first and foremost, and the respect he has earned from them along the way.

The new contract and the status that comes with it is another sign of respect, but Rodgers doesn’t look at it strictly that way.

“For me it’s about the responsibility that comes with the opportunity I’ve been given and trying to make the most of it,” he said.

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Video: NFL Network on the Rodgers extension
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