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  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior 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:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • 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.

     

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Bush Making An Impact

Posted Jan 26, 2011

Defensive back Jarrett Bush has dealt with his share of criticism during his time in Green Bay, but he has emerged as one of the leaders on the Packers’ coverage units that have made noticeable strides this season.

After struggling as a unit in 2009 when they were flagged a league-high 30 times, the Packers’ special teams not only cut down on penalties this season, but also contributed to the team winning the field-position battle throughout the stretch run, with the punt-coverage unit factoring into that in a major way.

Through the first seven games, Green Bay ranked No. 30 in the league with its opponents averaging 15.8 yards per punt return. Starting with the Packers’ 9-0 win at the N.Y. Jets, they limited their opponents to just a 7.6-yard average on punt returns in the final nine contests, good for No. 8 in the NFL over that span. Opponents have averaged 8.8 yards on punt returns against Green Bay in three postseason contests.

In last Sunday’s NFC Championship Game win at Chicago, Bears Pro Bowl returner Devin Hester recorded just a 5.3-yard average on three returns, well below his NFL-record average (min. 30 attempts) of 17.1 this season. It was the second strong effort against Hester over the past month, with the Packers limiting him to just two returns on eight punts in Green Bay’s Week 17 win. Bush downed back-to-back punts inside the 5-yard line in the fourth quarter in the regular-season finale.

At the end of the first quarter last Sunday at Soldier Field, Bush got down the field as a gunner to deflect Tim Masthay’s punt from near the goal line back to cornerback Brandon Underwood at the Chicago 3-yard line, one of five punts placed inside the 20 by Masthay on the afternoon. Bush also nearly downed another Masthay kick at the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter, but was unable to re-establish himself in the field of play after going into the end zone.

Bush added a tackle on kickoff coverage against the Bears when he brought down Danieal Manning for just a 15-yard return in the second quarter, his team-high fifth stop on special teams this postseason.

“Jarrett's been impactful as a cover man,” special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum said. “He has been for a while, for a number of years for us. We’ve put him in positions, particularly inside our kickoff team, to be impactful. 

“He's hard to block. Outside he's strong, and he's got enough length and size that it's hard for a corner to play him one-on-one. And he actually will beat a double-team at times. He's been very productive here lately with helping down the ball inside the 20 and inside the 10 in some cases.”

Bush finished tied for second this season with 12 stops, his fifth straight campaign posting a double-digit tackle total on special teams. Despite his consistency in that area, Bush was probably known by Green Bay fans more for a play he wasn’t able to make in the 2007 NFC Championship Game as well as frequently being whistled for penalties over the past two seasons.

In the 2007 title contest against the N.Y. Giants, Bush had an opportunity to post a critical takeaway with the game tied at 20 late in the fourth quarter. Cornerback R.W. McQuarters fumbled on a punt return at the Green Bay 38 and Bush was in prime position to recover, but instead of diving on the ball, he tried to pick it up and run with it. The ball was knocked out of Bush’s hands by Giants safety Mchael Johnson and New York receiver Domenik Hixon recovered the ball to maintain possession in a game the Giants would go on to win in overtime, 23-20, as they advanced to the Super Bowl.

Although Bush registered a combined 27 tackles on special teams from 2008-09, it was the eight penalties he was flagged for over that span that drew the ire of both coaches and fans. He always kept an upbeat attitude in spite of the criticism, but one of his teammates could see that it was taking a toll.

“I would be lying to say when people get hit hard with the fans like that they just kind of brush it off,” linebacker Desmond Bishop said. “We're human. So I could see in his face that he was affected by it a little bit. But shows the kind of character he has. 

“He didn't let it affect him in a negative way. He really got hungry. And throughout the offseason, this offseason, in training camp, Jarrett, you could see the fire burning in his eyes, the hunger, and he worked hard. And he's always been a hard worker, and he’s come out this year and produced.”

The Packers as a team were whistled for 18 penalties on special teams this season, which ranked tied for No. 17 in the league after being the most-penalized team in 2009. Bush wasn’t flagged until an illegal-touching penalty at Atlanta in Week 12, one of only two penalties for him all season.

“He has learned to control that, play within the rules of the game,” Slocum said. “And I credit him because we did have that conversation. One of the things we needed to do was improve with the number of penalties that we've had on special teams, and he had gotten a bunch of them because, No. 1, he played a lot of plays and he had made a lot of plays. 

“But he was highly combative, and sometimes he got a little over the line. To his credit, he's done well this year.”

For Bush, the increased awareness was a fine line between trying to maintain the aggressiveness he prides himself on while not getting preoccupied with concerns of being whistled for an infraction.

“(Slocum) just basically told me, just be more conscious of it, where your hands are, the stretch of the jersey because that's what the refs are looking for,” Bush said. “Like I said, it wasn't really just one conversation. It was just throughout the season, like always repetitive muscle memory, just always knowing where you're at on the field, like you can't go out of bounds on your own or it's a penalty.

“Just being more self-conscious about it while you're on the field and the conversation went well.  It wasn't where he was ‑‑ we're yelling at each other. It's just stay on your P’s and Q’s, dot your I’s, cross your T’s, and just stay within the details. That's what he harps on, and we were able to get it done.”

The strides Bush had made were even more evident when he was voted as one of two playoff captains on special teams by his teammates. Like any player in the league, Bush would embrace an opportunity to be an every-down contributor, but he has also come to appreciate the impact he can have in his current role.

“Once I saw some other players, some other Pro Bowl players that I've watched growing up my first couple of years that you can actually make a difference,” Bush said. “Once I learned, OK, if I do such and such things like down the ball or control a returner that had a big impact in the game, that really if that returner had success and resulted in us losing the game. So if I shut down the returner, it helped the team as a whole to win the game.

“So once I grasped that concept of it, I just took it and ran with it, and that's what I'm trying to do now. Try to be a leader of the special teams and keep playing consistent as I have been and just keeping making plays and do what I can, do my part to help this football team win games.”

Additional coverage - Jan. 26

 
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