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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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Countdown to camp: Rodgers on pace for greatness

Posted Jul 13, 2013

Graham Harrell, B.J. Coleman to battle for backup job


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

GREEN BAY—Entering his ninth NFL training camp and sixth as a starting quarterback, like it or not, Aaron Rodgers will start hearing the word “legacy” soon.

He’s in the prime of his career, and this is when his on-field legacy will get established. Thus far, he has one ring, one Super Bowl MVP award and one league MVP, and now a new contract that will keep him in Green Bay for the foreseeable future.

No matter what happens from here on out, Rodgers will go down as one of the three best quarterbacks in franchise history. How Bart Starr, Brett Favre and Rodgers are ultimately ranked is yet to be determined.

What will Rodgers accomplish the rest of the way? It’s interesting to note the career trajectory of some of the game’s greats, past and present.

Rodgers’ boyhood idol, Joe Montana, didn’t win a league MVP award in his first eight seasons, but won two after that, along with his third and fourth titles and his third Super Bowl MVP.

Tom Brady had three rings, two Super Bowl MVPs and a league MVP in his first eight years, before adding another league MVP in year 11 (2010).

Peyton Manning and Drew Brees both won their lone championships and Super Bowl MVPs to date in their ninth seasons (2006 and 2009, respectively), with Manning adding two of his four league MVPs since his eighth year.

The final verdict awaits, of course, but Rodgers’ task is to continue his impressively high level of play as long as he can, and from there the chips will fall.

In the interest of extending Rodgers’ peak as long as possible, the coaching staff may look at a slight reduction in his snaps in training camp this year. Entering camp with four quarterbacks for the first time since 2007 (not coincidentally, the last year Rodgers was a backup) is an indication the Packers will be monitoring the wear and tear on Rodgers’ arm this summer and the rest of his career.

More attention this summer is likely to be focused on Rodgers’ understudies. With B.J. Coleman entering his second season, he’ll be looking to challenge Graham Harrell for the top backup job, while undrafted rookie Matt Brown will get his first taste of an NFL camp.

As OTAs wrapped up last month, Head Coach Mike McCarthy noted the progress both Coleman and Harrell made during the spring. He pointed to the growth Coleman, a seventh-round draft pick in 2012, has shown with his fundamentals and in coordinating the pass-protection calls against blitzes in practice.

“You just cannot get enough reps for a young quarterback in those situations,” McCarthy said. “He needs those reps and he needs to play.

“B.J. has a ton of talent. He needs to get the game to slow down for him, which is normal for where he is.”

Harrell, the clear No. 2 last season, is further along and has improved every year, according to McCarthy. His next step must come in the preseason games in August.

“He needs to perform in the preseason at a high level. That’s what you look for,” McCarthy said. “He finished the right way against Kansas City last year, but he has to have a good preseason.

“I feel good about those young guys battling it out.”

 
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