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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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Datko ready to hit again

Posted Jul 3, 2012

They say all the fun starts when the pads come on in training camp, but that day will provide a little extra excitement for Andrew Datko.

That’s because Datko, the offensive tackle whom the Packers drafted in the seventh round this year out of Florida State, has had a longer layoff without pads than most.

The last time he strapped them on was Sept. 24, 2011, in Clemson, S.C. That turned out to be his last collegiate game, as Datko’s troublesome shoulder, re-injured the previous week against Oklahoma, couldn’t hold up any longer.

So when the Packers put pads on for the first time this summer – currently scheduled to be Saturday, July 28, the third day of training camp – it will have been more than 10 months for Datko. Not that he’s counting.

“The OTAs and minicamps really helped me,” Datko said, as far as shaking the rust off. “Even though we weren’t hitting, I could get my footwork and technique back. It’s just combining the hitting with the technique. I’m really looking forward to getting back to it.”

It’s hard to blame Datko for that, considering how far back this shoulder problem goes. The shoulder initially popped out of place in high school and was surgically repaired. Then the same thing happened during training camp prior to his junior season at Florida State in 2010, but he played the entire year with it and had surgery again after the season.

Then last year, he admitted he tried to do too much, too soon. Inflammation began building up during camp, and over the season’s first four games, it only got worse and Datko had to be shut down. The surgical repair from the previous season was intact, but he had to have the shoulder cleaned out.

Given all that, it would be understandable if Datko were a little apprehensive about putting pads on and hitting again, but he insists he’s not. He feels better about the shoulder now than he has for at least a couple of years.

“Oh no, no, it will be good,” he said. “I’ll always have to wear my brace now, but that will protect it and it will be good to go.”

Datko realizes the opportunity he has to make a strong first impression with the Packers. Despite Chad Clifton’s release in the offseason, Datko was the only offensive lineman the Packers drafted. Undrafted rookies Shea Allard and Mike McCabe were also added at the tackle position, but third-year pros Marshall Newhouse and Bryan Bulaga are the only seasoned veterans at tackle, and 2011 first-round pick Derek Sherrod is coming back from a broken leg. The depth chart behind the starters is wide open.

A left tackle throughout his college career, Datko said he alternated on the right and left sides throughout OTAs and minicamp. He also got a taste of what he called “the big leagues,” working with the first unit for a brief stretch when Newhouse was out.

“Working with the ones, you get to see how the best offense in the league works and get a feel for it,” he said. “It was really awesome and the playbook is coming along really good.”

His focus then was simple, and it will remain so moving forward.

“No missed assignments,” he said. “The best quarterback in the league is sitting back there, and they have to trust you to protect him. You have to eliminate those mental breakdowns.”

Current depth-chart status aside, Datko said he’s approaching his rookie training camp with the idea of taking things one step at a time. The first is to make the 53-man roster. After that, making the gameday roster and becoming a starter are for down the road.

Very smartly, Datko also is not concerning himself with where he was drafted. His seventh-round tag probably means even less on him than others, because the general consensus was he’d have been drafted much higher if not for his injury history. Mike McCarthy said as much right after the Packers selected him.

“I know this team has a lot of late-round picks on their team and also (undrafted) free agents, so they look at those players,” Datko said. “That’s what builds the core of the team.

“You have to really work at it. You still have to go 100 percent, can’t take any breaks.”

If Datko can finally catch a break on the health front, he’ll be worth watching once those pads go on.

 
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