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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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Countdown to camp: Packers believe they have depth at ILB

Posted Jul 20, 2013

Clay Matthews continues assault on Packers all-time sacks record

The following is the seventh installment in a series of stories that’ll examine the Packers’ roster position by position. This installment examines the linebackers.

GREEN BAY—The Packers sustained significant losses at inside linebacker in 2012, when Desmond Bishop was lost for the season in just the first quarter of the first preseason game, and his replacement, D.J. Smith, was gone six games into the regular season with a knee injury. Now, both players are with other teams.

So why are Head Coach Mike McCarthy and Inside Linebackers Coach Winston Moss so high on the talent at that position?

This past spring, McCarthy said the depth at inside linebacker is the best he’s seen in his time at Green Bay, and Moss stayed on the competition theme, which is clearly the emphasis for this year’s training camp.

“There’s a mindset that you need to stay on that field because if you come off that field, you might not have a job waiting for you when you come back,” Moss said.

Veteran A.J. Hawk is the steadying influence on the inside. Brad Jones emerged following the loss of Smith, and now Jones has a new contract and seemingly job security. Jones totaled 102 tackles, six passes defensed, a couple of sacks and a forced fumble in 2012. His play was one of the season’s pleasant surprises.

Depth? Terrell Manning, a fifth-round pick in 2012 whose rookie season was compromised by a training camp illness, made big strides this past spring. Much is expected of Manning in his second season.

Robert Francois has been a durable backup inside linebacker for the Packers and he’s a big part of the depth to which McCarthy alluded.

Jamari Lattimore is a versatile player that brings outside linebacker-type athletic ability to the inside position, and rookie seventh-round pick Sam Barrington was regarded as an underrated player at South Florida and a guy whose best football is ahead of him.

There’s the depth and the competition on the inside. It’s significant enough to have made Bishop and Smith expendable.

The stars, of course, are on the outside, beginning with Clay Matthews, one of the game’s elite pass rushers. Armed with a new, long-term contract, Matthews will continue his assault on the Packers’ all-time sacks record, 74.5 by Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila. Matthews has 42.5 through four seasons.

At the other outside linebacker position, 2012 first-round pick Nick Perry was settling into his role despite suffering a wrist injury in Week 2. He played on for four more games, until a knee injury ended his season. It was decided at that time that Perry required surgery on the wrist.

Dezman Moses was an undrafted surprise in last year’s training camp and played in all 16 games, starting six of those games and recording four sacks.

Nate Palmer, a sixth-round draft pick this year, will be making the move from college defensive end at Illinois State, where he recorded 9.5 sacks last season, to outside linebacker in Packers Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers’ 3-4 scheme.

Rookie undrafted free agent Andy Mulumba was the second overall pick of the CFL this year, and Jarvis Reed of Prairie View is another undrafted free agent on the Packers roster.

It’s also noteworthy that defensive end Mike Neal spent time at outside linebacker this past spring.

Previously featured in "Countdown to camp":
QBs - Rodgers on pace for greatness
RBs - Lacy, Franklin offer hope

TEs - Well worth watching, storylines abound
WRs - 'Big three' will lead
OL - Right tackle up for grabs
DL - Packers counting on young DL

 
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