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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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Dietrich-Smith next man up on offensive line

Posted Aug 11, 2012

Evan Dietrich-Smith is the most valuable of reserve offensive linemen. He’s the next man up in a game that can chew up offensive linemen and devastate an offense, particularly the quarterback that depends on his linemen for protection.

Such was the case in last Thursday’s preseason opener. Starting left tackle Marshall Newhouse was sidelined by a concussion, and the effects of Newhouse’s absence were noticeable. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers struggled to find time to throw.

Had it been a regular-season game, starting left guard T.J. Lang might’ve moved over one spot to left tackle, and Evan Dietrich-Smith would’ve stepped in at guard, just as he did in Detroit last season, when Dietrich-Smith gained national fame for becoming the man who pushed Ndamukong Suh over the edge.

Beginning with that infamous Thanksgiving Day game, Dietrich-Smith’s career came to life. He followed with the first start of his career, and was part of a line that gave Rodgers the protection he needed to throw for 369 yards and four touchdowns in a rousing win over the Giants. Dietrich-Smith started at right guard again a week later against the Raiders, then moved to center later in the game. Against the Bears on Christmas Day, he was the Packers’ starter at left guard.

A star was born, which brought into sharp focus the humble beginnings of Dietrich-Smith’s professional football career.

He signed with the Packers as an undrafted player. Coming out of Idaho State, Dietrich-Smith couldn’t find an agent willing to represent him.

“I had like three guys tell me to get lost,” he said.

The Packers cut him, the Seahawks signed him, the Seahawks cut him, and then Dietrich-Smith had an epiphany.

“I was between places, so I ended up moving back to California. I had a workout in Miami. It was a day after I had my daughter. That’s when I realized I had to start working harder,” he said.

Newborns can have that kind of effect on fathers.

“I went to take a test so I could be a substitute teacher,” Dietrich-Smith recalled. “After getting cut by Seattle, I wanted to tank it a little bit. I knew I needed to do more so the next time I got an opportunity I’d be in the best shape. I was fortunate enough to land back here.”

He was also fortunate that a scheduled workout for the Jets was canceled by a snowstorm. Had he made it to New York for that workout, he might’ve been offered a contract by the Jets. A few days after the Jets workout was canceled, the Packers called.

From all of that chaos and uncertainty, Dietrich-Smith has carved out a career that has a future to it. He’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent following this season, which means Dietrich-Smith is nearing the day when an undrafted player might join the upper ranks of the NFL payroll.

“I’m playing in the NFL, dream come true,” he joked of the innocence with which a rookie enters the league. “Then you get the business end of that dream and it’s not fun. You realize it’s cut-throat. It’s a job.”

His job is to be ready to play at a moment’s notice, at either guard position or center. The Packers’ penchant for cross-training their linemen all but assures that an injury to one of the starters would send Dietrich-Smith into the pressure cooker.

“Just become a starter; that’s what I want to do. I want to show I can play with everybody else. I felt last year I was able to show I could play with the best of them,” he said.

“You have to keep doing this,” he added, gesturing in an upward direction. “You have to keep improving every day.”

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