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    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:

    Ironwood: Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort. To benefit Ironwood Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets on sale at Super One Foods, 1480 E. Cloverland Dr., Ironwood, Mich.

  • 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.

     
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Donald Driver made his day the fans' day

Posted Feb 6, 2013

Packers wide receiver vows never to wear another uniform

Donald Driver retirement

GREEN BAY—Had the doors been open, the warmth that would’ve escaped Lambeau Field’s Atrium would’ve melted all the snow in Wisconsin.

The love fest that was Donald Driver’s retirement party on Wednesday was a first-of-its-kind event, the first time in Packers history a player’s retirement was a public event performed in front of fans. Think about that for a moment. Hey, this is a team that’s had a lot of popular players. You know the names.

Yet, none of them ever left professional football the way Driver did on Wednesday. Driver’s 14-year career was toasted with a one-hour plus tribute that was much more than an announcement, it was an event.

Governor Scott Walker proclaimed Feb. 6, 2013, to be “Donald Driver Day” all over the state. Driver, in his inimitable way that always understood and acknowledged the value and importance of his and the Packers’ deep bond with his and the team’s fans, made sure he shared the day with them.

“This day is not just for me. This day is for you,” he said, and then he gave those fans exactly what they came to hear: “I promise you all I will never wear another uniform. Today we make that official. I have to keep my loyalty to you.”

Driver always got it. Most of his peers never get it, but Driver came with it. He always understood and appreciated the importance of the fans, and that’s why a thousand of them lined up in the dark and in below-zero temperatures early on Wednesday morning, to make sure they were there to express their love to the man who always expressed his.

That’s why his retirement was an event. That’s why it’s a first of its kind. That’s why he takes into retirement something no other Packers player has. No other Packers player’s retirement announcement included tickets and tailgating.

This was the fans’ day because it was arranged as much for them as it was for Driver. All-time leading receiver in Packers history? That’s for the record books. What happened in the Atrium at Lambeau Field on Wednesday was for the heart, and isn’t that what always defined Driver’s career?

“All-time Lambeau Leaper,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said of Driver. McCarthy’s eyes then began to moisten. He’s admittedly an emotional guy. The same thing happened to him at a press conference a few years ago, when he got tearful as he spoke about the birth of his daughter.

Love was in the air. It’s been that way since the Packers announced they would celebrate Driver’s great career with an event to which a thousand lucky fans would be able to acquire tickets. They lined up in the cold to get those tickets; some left empty-handed and disappointed.

Those that couldn’t attend sent letters of affection. They felt a need to express. Here are a few of those letters that were sent to packers.com’s “Ask Vic,” but didn’t make it into publication because there were simply too many to publish.

Jason from Sheboygan, WI—Donald has always loved being a Packer. I feel this is why fans love him.

Mary from Alma Center, WI—Is there a nicer person than Donald Driver? Thank him for all the memories.

Stuart from Mercer, WI—In an era of big-money contracts (and often times egos to match), it’s players like Donald Driver who really make me feel good to be a fan of this great sport I love.

Jimmy from Coralville, IA—Have you ever seen such a gracious, wonderful player as Donald? Here’s a player who hasn’t forgotten where he came from and, against incredible odds, became one of the all-time greats. I will be wearing my Donald Driver jersey on Wednesday all day at the elementary school where I work.

Susie from Grafton, WI—This world would be a much better place if we gave of ourselves like Donald Driver. I am a 64-year-old, very proud grandmother of five that hopes you will pass along a hug to Donald from me.

John from Wauwatosa, WI—How did Donald Driver at 194 pounds survive for 14 years in the NFL, when he often ran crossing routes, was hit hard, leaped for the ball, hit the ground hard, had heavy guys land on him, etc.?

Jacob from Rockford, IL—I think what I will remember the most about Driver is the reckless abandon he played with. Wide receivers willing to go over the middle are getting few and far between. Donald was always willing to do so, with the biggest smile on his face. That is why I’ll always love him.

Rob from Bel Air, MD—I think all football players should act like Donald Driver because he was a true class act. Never have I seen him on the media bad-mouthing, whining or in trouble. To me Donald Driver is the definition of a true sportsman.

Ryan from Saint Paul, MN—When I found out Donald Driver had decided to retire, I posted on Facebook, praising his career as a Packer. To my surprise, many Vikings fans liked it. I think that speaks to what kind of player Driver was. Even rival fans had a soft spot for him.

Douglas from Haddon Heights, NJ—How can I get a ticket to Donald Driver’s farewell tribute?

Well, Douglas, look at it this way: For 14 years you had a ticket to a career that was building to this farewell. We all had a ticket, and that ticket bought us memories that we might now replay in our minds any time we feel the need to say goodbye.

The best part is we know Driver will be doing the same, and he’ll always hear the cheers. Always, he played for the cheers. He played for the fans.

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