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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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Cedric Benson confident of return to Packers

Posted Nov 16, 2012

GREEN BAY—Cedric Benson won’t start practicing next week when he’s first eligible, but the latest report on his recovery is positive and the veteran running back expects to return sometime in December.

Benson has been out since injuring his foot in Week 5 in Indianapolis. He was placed on injured reserve with the designation to return, a one-time IR exemption each team was allowed this season that requires the player to sit out of practices for six weeks and games for eight.

According to the new rule, Benson is eligible to return to practice next week. He told reporters at his locker on Friday that he’s not ready, yet, but he wasn’t ruling out playing on Dec. 9 against Detroit, his first eligible game.

“I think we’re still a little bit out from practicing, putting on a cleat and pounding on it,” Cedric Benson said. “I think we’re still a couple of weeks away from that, but very close.

“I’m very confident about saying I’ll be back before the season is over.”

The Dec. 9 game may be pushing it, too, though Benson said he’d do everything he could to make it back by then. He also knows who’s next on the schedule after that.

“I’m kind of looking … thinking, the Bears game?” Benson said with a smile and a chuckle, referring to the Dec. 16 contest against Chicago, the team that drafted him in 2005. Benson rushed for 81 yards against the Bears back in Week 2.

Mike McCarthy noted on Friday that Cedric Benson’s “rehab has picked up” after some positive test results came back over the past week, but the head coach hasn’t picked a specific return date, either.

Benson emphasized that he’s going to make sure the foot is fully healthy before he returns. He said he’s been running on a special treadmill that supports a portion of his body weight, and he’s done some work on a full-weight-bearing “speed ladder.”

“I think if I come back early, if I try to rush it, (the foot) can really affect me,” he said. “I think it’s in my best interests and the team’s as well, and my contribution to the team, to come back when it’s ready to come back.”

Cedric Benson was the Packers’ leading rusher when he went down, with 71 carries for 248 yards (3.5 avg.) and one TD in 4½ games. Having joined the team in the middle of training camp, Benson was learning the offense on the fly and began broadening his grasp of it in Week 4, when he rushed for a season-high 84 yards against the Saints. Then he got hurt the following week against the Colts.

For a while, he wondered if he would need surgery, but that question has since been answered. Rehab was the right course of action, and he has continued learning his playbook, studying film and attending some meetings while he’s been out.

“I feel very strong about the playbook and all that,” he said. “I think coming back, that obstacle will be eliminated.”

At that point, with the mental hurdle cleared, it will be about physically getting back to game speed, which Benson confessed will be difficult to achieve in practice. But he found his rhythm once this season under difficult circumstances and he’s confident he’ll find it again.

“It’s almost one of those deals that’s inevitable. You need a game or so to be right,” he said. “But I’m going to try my best to be already up to speed.”

Additional coverage - Nov. 16
 
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