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    The Green Bay Packers 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held Thursday, July 24, at 11 a.m., at Lambeau Field. The meeting will take place rain or shine.

  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 6:00 PM CDT Packers 1K Kids Run

    Back to Football also includes the 1K Kids Run, presented by WPS Health Insurance. Kids 10 years old and younger will have the opportunity to run a Lambeau Lap on Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. Registration for the Kids Run is $10 and all participants will receive a Packers 1K Run t-shirt, a logoed bag and a participant medal.


  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 7:00 PM CDT Movie Night at Lambeau Field

    Movie Night at Lambeau Field will return this year on Friday, July 25, following the 1K Kids Run. The event is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available throughout the movie. More details will be announced at a later date.

    Time listed above is subject to change.

  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 6:30 PM CDT Packers 5K Run/Walk

    The fifth annual ‘5K Run/Walk at Lambeau Field,’ is set for Saturday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.

    The computer-timed run is highlighted by a neighborhood route that ultimately takes participants into Lambeau Field and around the famed gridiron. The event has a special finish line – the Packers’ ‘G’ painted on turf located in the parking lot.

    All participants will receive a Packers 5K Run T-shirt, a logoed bag, and a bib number and timing chip. To celebrate the race’s fifth anniversary, all participants will receive a commemorative medal. In addition, photos will be taken on the course and will be available at no cost on the Packers 5K Run website.

    Packers-themed awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. An awards ceremony will take place following the conclusion of the race.

    Registration, which is $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and younger), will be available online beginning Friday, May 23, at www.packers.com/5k. Mail-in registration is also an option, with forms available online and in person at Lambeau Field. Runners can also register at the Bellin Run Expo on Friday, June 13, at Astor Park in Green Bay. Early registration is encouraged. After July 13, registration fees will increase to $30 and $20, respectively.

  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception

    The Packers Partners Annual Reception is set for Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the Lambeau Field Atrium from 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM.

    Packers Jarrett Boykin, Eddie Lacy, Datone Jones and DuJuan Harris will appear at the reception. The event will include a Player Guest Q&A, a Meet & Greet with a Packers Alumni and a Raffle Drawing.

    This is a member’s only event. Invitations will be mailed the week of June 23rd, and online registration will open at 9 am CDT on June 25th and will close on July 11th at 5 pm CDT. 

    Invitations will include all of this information and additional details.

    To sign up to become a member of the Packers Partners Club of Champions and receive an invitation to the reception, fans can go to www.packers.com/ppcc.

  • Sat., Aug. 02, 2014 5:30 PM CDT Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health

    ‘Family Night’ will serve as the introduction of the 2014 Green Bay Packers, in-person to a capacity crowd in Lambeau Field and on television to a state-wide audience.

    The event, which begins with in-stadium activities at 5:30 p.m., will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster care adoption program, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.



Bulaga answers the call

Posted Feb 21, 2011

Bryan Bulaga wondered when the questions were going to stop.

It was Friday, Jan. 7, two days before the rookie right tackle would be making his NFL playoff debut. He was preparing for the blitz-happy Eagles defense, knowing the rabid Philadelphia fans and the noise at Lincoln Financial Field would present additional obstacles in the NFC Wild Card game.

Reporters surrounded his locker following the final practice that week, only they didn’t want to talk about the Eagles, at least not directly. Bulaga was still answering questions about his performance against the Chicago Bears five days earlier in the regular-season finale: two holding calls, two false starts; four penalties with the team’s playoff fate at stake.

He thought he had answered all the questions right after the game. The penalties were “inexcusable.” He promised to get back to playing “clean football.” He had been penalized only five times all season prior to that game.

Now, with the playoffs around the corner, Bulaga’s flag-filled nightmare had led many to wonder whether the first-round draft pick out of Iowa was mature enough for the big stage. Would he be a liability on a Super Bowl contender? Would he hit the rookie wall?

The questions kept coming. Bulaga understood, but it was still tiresome.

“It’s natural for people to think, ‘He’s a first-year starter, a rookie, committed his biggest penalty game to date before the playoffs. Is this going to continue all the way through?’” Bulaga said. “But I wasn’t too worried about it. I know that’s not my style of play.”

The confidence was partly rooted in what he didn’t reveal in the face of all those questions, that when he reviewed the film of the Bears game with offensive line coach James Campen, he had actually played one of his best games.

The penalties had marred the performance, no doubt, but as coaches like to say, the film doesn’t lie. It showed Bulaga had held his own against Chicago’s Israel Idonije and occasionally against Julius Peppers, too, when the All-Pro defensive end flipped over to Bulaga’s side.

In other words, despite the penalties, Bulaga felt he was personally carrying some momentum into the playoffs, just as the Packers were.

He couldn’t say that, though. Not then. It wouldn’t have come off right. It would have been interpreted as rookie bravado at best, aloofness and ignorance at worst.

His confidence had a broader foundation than one game film, though. This hadn’t been a typical rookie season. The Big Ten offensive lineman of the year in 2009 as a left tackle, Bulaga spent part of training camp competing for a starting job at left guard.

Then he was thrown into the middle of a game at left tackle in week two, when veteran starter Chad Clifton’s balky knee acted up. Three games later, he was learning another new position, this time right tackle after veteran Mark Tauscher went down with a season-ending shoulder injury. Bulaga confessed that was his toughest challenge because he was switching sides of the line and his first assignment was in Washington against Pro-Bowl pass-rusher Brian Orakpo.

“It’s like trying to be a switch-hitter in baseball,” Bulaga said. “It’s flipping all your mechanics around, doing a complete 360 from what you’re used to doing.”

To grow accustomed to the change as quickly as possible, Bulaga didn’t rotate his practice reps like the other linemen. He was glad for Campen’s insistence on that.

He handled it, and the growth came slow but steady.

“I think later on in the season is when I felt like it was just coming to me,” Bulaga said. “I wasn’t having to think of it and then do it. I was just doing it.”

So with everything that had been thrown at him in year one, Bulaga wasn’t going to sweat a few yellow flags, even if they did come in a crucial game. He stuck to the mantra that had worked through all his rookie trials: “Learn from it and move on.”

The week’s worth of questions prior to the playoffs had created the perception that Bulaga was dwelling on the penalties, but in truth he wasn’t, and he proved it.

The trip to Philadelphia was the first of three straight into enemy stadiums, where the crowd does whatever it takes to make an opponent flinch, and Bulaga didn’t commit a single penalty in the postseason. No false starts, no holds. Not even in the Super Bowl when matched up against outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who was just given the franchise tag by his Pittsburgh Steelers.

“We were on the road the entire time but I wasn’t too worried about it the entire playoffs,” Bulaga said of the penalty talk. “It wasn’t in my mind that I can’t jump offsides or do this or that.”

Woodley got a hit on quarterback Aaron Rodgers on the Packers’ first-quarter touchdown drive and posted a sack in a goal-to-go situation in the fourth quarter, one play before Rodgers’ third TD pass of the Super Bowl.

Other than those couple of blips, Bulaga had a solid showing on the biggest stage of all, despite Woodley’s protestations – caught by NFL Films microphones and aired as part of a Sound FX segment viewable here – that the rookie was holding him off and on.

“I thought I played a pretty clean game,” Bulaga said. “I was just trying to play smart, sound football. Hands inside, moving your feet.

“He’s a heck of a player, a heck of a competitor,” Bulaga said of Woodley.

So is Bulaga. He answered that question.

“Walking away with a ring my rookie year, there’s a lot to be said about that,” he said. “It doesn’t happen for many guys. I was very fortunate to be put in the situation I was in, get the opportunity I was given.

“I had ups and downs. I’ll be the first one to say it. But I thought down the stretch I played some really good football, did a lot of good things. It’s hard to say you didn’t have a good year when you walk away with the Super Bowl championship.”

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