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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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Charles Woodson cleared to play

Posted Jan 1, 2013

Veteran defensive back set to return for playoff meeting with Vikings after nine-game absence

GREEN BAY—The wait will finally be over for Charles Woodson.

The veteran defensive back has been medically cleared to play on Saturday night against the Vikings, Mike McCarthy said, and Woodson’s teammates and coaches are eager to see what he’ll bring to the table.

“I just think having Charles Woodson back on the field helps our football team,” McCarthy said on Tuesday following a short jog-through practice. “Just what he’s meant to our defense and his playmaking ability, his ability to make plays around the line of scrimmage. He’s extremely productive.”

Woodson has been out since breaking his collarbone in the fourth quarter in St. Louis in Week 7. He sat out the final nine regular-season games, despite practicing regularly for the last month, because the doctors wanted to give the bone more time to heal.

Saturday night will be one day shy of 11 full weeks since the injury. Woodson wasn’t available in the locker room after practice, but cornerback Tramon Williams, who has played alongside Woodson more than anyone else in the Packers secondary, doesn’t believe the long layoff will keep Woodson from being at his best.

“How can you expect anything else?” Williams said. “He’s been out for a while, but I’ve been one to witness him play through so many injuries to where he couldn’t practice all week and (he would) just show up every weekend and play at a high level. I have no doubt in my mind he can come out and play at a high level.”

Young safeties M.D. Jennings and Jerron McMillian have filled in admirably for Woodson over the last two months, but Williams feels Woodson’s experience can be a key factor in a playoff game, particularly in Dom Capers’ scheme.

“This defense is based off of deception and disguise, and Charles is so experienced to where he knows how long to hold the disguise,” Williams said. “He knows these things, and he’s not scared to do it. It’s definitely going to help us out in the long run.”

There won’t be much deception to what the Vikings do with running back Adrian Peterson, and it will be up to the Packers to adjust.

McCarthy and his players both spoke on Tuesday of being a little over-aggressive against Peterson last Sunday, when he broke out of several piles to rush for 199 yards.

Focusing too much on the “runner” and not “run defense” is how McCarthy explained it, and the fundamental breakdowns can’t be repeated.

“Playing run defense is about gap control, it’s playing with leverage,” McCarthy said. “There were a number of times we were in good shape, he went into the line, and we had guys that would peek and lose their leverage, and he would bounce outside for big gains. So it’s important for us to stay in tune with what we’re doing.”

Safety Morgan Burnett put it another way, saying it’s about “not being nosy, and just trusting that your next guy will be there to help you.”

If one of those “next guys” is Woodson, the Packers will hope that might make a difference. He’s been known to play any role in Capers’ defense, from attacking at the line of scrimmage to sitting back and reading the quarterback. Last year, he intercepted Minnesota’s Christian Ponder twice.

Ponder showed far more polish as a passer last Sunday in perhaps the most impressive performance of his career. Woodson hasn’t faced this Ponder yet, but it’s a good bet he can’t wait.

“Obviously, he’s been itching to get out there,” Williams said. “Now he’s getting his opportunity, so I think he’ll make the best of it.”

Additional coverage - Jan. 1

 
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